Review of ANNIE’S RECIPE by Lisa Jones Baker

Publisher: Zebra (Kensington) | Published: February 28, 2017 | Format: eBook (352 pages) and Paperback (352 pages) | ASIN: B01GBAG58S and ISBN: 9781420141542 | Series: Hope Chest of Dreams (Book #2) | Origin: NetGalley 

 

Thoughts:

ANNIE’S RECIPE by Lisa Jones Baker is an Amish tale where past and present meet to put a future into question! Can romance come from the ruins?

The practice of shunning is a disciplinary tactic, but these consequences may leave a community partially divided. However, the hardest hit will always be the children of those sanctioned.

A childhood ripping apart leaves scars.

We journey into the deepest point of view from happiest of times to a painstaking end as a wedding brings community and family together. Although, no one expects to see one cousin and former member, but Levi Miller brings a smile just for Annie Mast making her childhood seem only yesterday.

Her best friend from those younger years stands before her as an English man now. It is amazing that despite these differences, Levi is the same friend as before. He is kind, sweet, funny, and still protective of Annie. Their time-honored friendship did not suffer from ravages of time but rather from hardships associated with his parents, but their personal relationship is still an easy one.

However, as joyous as the earlier years were, those later years are shackled to his family’s heartbreak. His father is a shunned man pushing the family out of their community and out their lives.

Seeing Annie Mast swells Levi Miller’s heart, and their friendship is too easy to renew.

How can he care this much for Annie and at the same time be angry at the whole Amish community for their horrid betrayal? He was old enough to understand why they packed their things to leave without a goodbye, but he was too young to comprehend how punishments could be so cruel. His family is at peace with it all and doing well, but for Levi, his heart never mends.

As much as visiting his best friend is a balm for the past, their connection is growing to a place where it cannot survive.

He can’t stay inside this community, and she cannot leave.

Could this return leave Levi more brokenhearted than his leaving years ago? Will feelings become their own source of resentment? Can friendship ever become more?

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Inside ANNIE’S RECIPE, author Lisa Jones Baker brings dreams to life as circumstances move from good to bad!

Within ten years time, things change but another remains the same. Problems seem different in retrospect and harder to bridge as time moves along, but other issues come into play once the young grow up and life choices mean for life.

Returning to his former hometown, Levi Miller is an English man, and while his arrival is well received, his family would not be welcome here. His father was shunned from this Amish community. However, he is here for a cousin’s wedding and an informal type of closure to life that used to belong to him too. His early years brought him much joy and a faithful friend, but seeing Annie Mast all grown up is something he simply was not expecting.

Yet this youngster is now a woman and her personality is even more endearing.

Meanwhile, Annie Mast is sure that rumors already started. Her being with this friend years ago was not a problem, but today, it can very much become an issue inside her Amish community. His being English is not her only problem. Annie’s issue is that Levi Miller shows himself as just a grown up version of her sweet friend.

They have shared memories and a painful past colliding only to bloom!

Her parents worry she is falling away from her faith, but she is falling in love. Annie prays these emotions will go away. Can one prayer’s answer lead to a life-changing event?

On the other hand, is her faith being tested against the world?

Review of ATTEND: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God by Laura Davis Werezak

Publisher: FaithWords | Published: February 21, 2017 | Format: eBook (223 pages) and Hardcover (240 pages) | ASIN: B01F1UD64U and ISBN: 9781455541485 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy Faith Words

Thoughts:

ATTEND: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God by Laura Davis Werezak drops you into a very different set-up and meaning of this one word. Really? Seriously? Yep!

This Inspirational read takes you from a dictionary explanation into the Biblical sense of the word in a simple, fast, and direct way. While you are there, you will begin to see things differently, approach things in a deliberate way, and come closer to faith in devotion. As this author is aware, today’s world will move you without you even realizing it.

Have you noticed?

One sound will have anyone look at their “smartphone” in the middle of a face-to-face conversation while another alert will have someone walking with their head down and eyes focusing on something other than their surroundings. From worry to a never-ending to-do list, we interact with our world much different today from ever before. However, being in a hyper-state of contact is costing us a great deal. We are filling the emptiness with noise and the search for peace with activity.

You stop to wonder about why, and you will come up short on answers.

Meanwhile, we are moving away from what our soul longs for and needs. We are sidetracking and very much snarling ourselves in duties, responsibilities, friendships, follows, and the instant gratification ways of today that we don’t recognize God in our daily lives.

God is there, wanting you to move closer.

You can discover where you are on the road of faith and come closer than you could imagine by a mindset based upon on the Bible. As the author shows through her own experience, sometimes even by doing the “right” things you will not get to where you need to be. However, by small adjustments in your mindset, stance, and expectations, you will move and stretch toward God and understand the true meaning of your soul need.

Take deliberate steps to accept a peace that is all around us by simply learning the real meanings of Attend, and you’ll find God there for you!

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Laura Davis Werezak’s ATTEND: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God provides forty everyday and practical ways to encounter God in today’s never stop engaging world. These simple reminders of life outside of today’s tech-filled ways bring a newness to leaning toward God and bring daily rituals into focus. When the road you are traveling moves your presence away from God, it’s an easy path back to feel God’s Presence every day.

Simple exercises and steps will stretch you from underneath the heap of distractions to make something as simple as opening a window a way toward GOD!

 

 

Review of RESCUE ME (Montana Rescue Book 2) by Susan May Warren

Publisher: Revell | Published: January 31, 2017 | Formats: eBook (337 pages), Paperback (336 pages)and Hardcover (338 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B01LZ80SI4, ISBN: 9780800727444, ISBN: 9780800728625, and Audio ASIN: B01MS7CHG7 | Series: Montana Rescue (Book #2) | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

Inside RESCUE ME (Montana Rescue Book 2) by Susan May Warren, we are thrown into the thunderous lives of Deputy Sam Brooks—the Search and Rescue police liaison—and the PEAK Rescue team of Montana!

Deputy Sam Brooks lives with hurt and anger that strangles his heart within his family drama. His mother’s cancer struggle heaps more traumas on a life that he keeps calm on purpose. At least one of the two Brooks sons is predictable. His brother, Pete Brooks is a whole different story, and he is Sam’s forever problem. Creating an intersection between love and hate, Pete adds trouble and pain to mix with poor choices and adrenaline junkie tendencies keeping Sam somewhere between finding and fixing him.

Meanwhile, Willow Rose is a youth leader hoping to occupy the youth pastor position, but she comes with qualification problems. From education to a previous mistake that put herself and her charges in danger, a while back, she still has much to prove to take the lead. Her youth group activities are her life now, and that is the way she wants it. Willow understands these kids and is having a positive effect on them.

She has no distractions, although the man Willow loves is dating her sister, Sierra.

Her sister’s heart is on the mend from having been shredded by another, and she deserves Sam Brooks. He is better suited for her, and Willow does not have the time to waste anywhere other than her career building challenge until danger calls and Sam Brooks and Willow find themselves in an intimate moment where everything changes! Willow knows he must love her sister while Sam is positive that Sierra is the more stable and predictable sibling, right?

Sierra was not available at that moment, but happenstance put Willow there. As usual, she is wearing her heart for the world to see, and this gets worse by those few minutes in his arms. However, it only becomes more difficult once her career takes a major hit.

The new youth Pastor comes on the next youth outing while Sierra and Sam will too until Sierra pulls the unpredictable!

Once danger strikes, again, we will wonder about where everything is leading. Will everyone survive? Can Sam and Willow come to a correct and happy resolution in this unexpected family drama?

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

RESCUE ME (Montana Rescue Book 2) by Susan May Warren places Deputy Sam Brooks between the Mercy Falls Sheriff’s Department and the PEAK Rescue Team as a Police Liaison.

However, drama and danger worsen as winter closes in on Montana!

Two brothers share a deadly past but are now on the same team. Forgiveness stays far behind them. Sam Brooks fights to keep life from falling apart while a perfect relationship with Sierra Rose cannot get off the ground. His brother struts in to act as if he can control the world. He can’t. Sam’s father paid the ultimate price for his dangerous ways. Now, his mother’s cancer builds in more resentment for Peter’s selfish inclinations.

Meanwhile, Willow’s upbringing provides labels of hippie, rash, and flighty, but she is a dedicated group leader wanting to be more in her church. Willow hopes to attain the position of youth Pastor. There is more to be done to prove her worthy, after a dangerous mess up. However, she is confident her relationships and bonds she maintains with these kids will win the day. She understands them and helps them reach for the stars while keeping Biblically sound.

Not wanting any disastrous relationship issues to interfere with her new career, she keeps clear of Deputy Sam Brooks.

A dangerous storm and a group outing collide. These two face danger together. They realize their opposite personalities could just become their strong suit as feelings emerge. However, they must outlive the harsh weather conditions and keep everyone else alive to make any lasting changes!

Review of RAGING STORM (The Remnant Book 2) by Vannetta Chapman

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers | Published: ebook January 10, 2017 and paperback February 1, 2017 | Formats: eBook (354 pages) and Paperback (352 pages) | ASIN: B01M0GH06Y and ISBN: 9780736966559 | Series: The Remnant Series | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Harvest House Publishers

 

Thoughts:

Inside RAGING STORM (The Remnant Book 2) by Vannetta Chapman, we are deeper into the future without everything we have today. This grim take off on our dependence on technology, electricity, and running water will make us view our current standard of living as soft and pampered!

Again, we must ask ourselves would anything like this become our catastrophic ending, and how would we survive?

Life inside contemporary, Texas without air conditioning, telephone, medical supplies, medications, and groceries is not only bleak but also dangerous. Without access to emergency services crime doesn’t spike, it soars out of control while fires and explosions take lives and ravage neighborhoods, towns, and cities. The creature comforts of the recent past feel like a light-year away in this time warped future, but the worst is yet to come.

Shelby Sparks has one son, and Carter Sparks is an insulin-dependent diabetic. Without it, Carter can’t survive. He has enough for this month. What will he do for next month and the one after that? There is no drug manufacturer to contact and no future supply to arrive.

With the help of Max Berkman and a few friends, Shelby tries to get to Austin, Texas. However, the fuel for this trip is as hard to get as gold while the streets, highways, and bridges are littered with abandoned vehicles, walking wounded, anarchists, and criminals. Worse could not even happen until they begin to wonder if they can trust each other as things start to deteriorate even more.

Someone may not be the person you believe him or her to be while others may not always be trustworthy. Instincts are not always correct and logic does not always follow a path. Few stereotypical depictions will show the faults of others, but sometimes, the main surprise is the expectation.

When a government is not always out to help you, the Remnant will still be there.

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

RAGING STORM (The Remnant Book 2) by Vannetta Chapman overlays the solar flare destruction of our grid with lawlessness, anarchy, coup attempts, and desperation that follows it all!

Shelby Sparks is safe with her son, Carter. However, for how long? Supplies will run low, and somehow they need to get more insulin for Carter or he will not survive. At a farm with Max Berkman, Shelby has the basics of food and a stream of water, but other items of the past are long gone. Staying hunkered down is not going to make insulin appear for the next month or the next year. Shelby needs to get into a city where a supply could be and the capital has the best chances of having one.

She with Max and friends move out of safety and into harm’s way not knowing what encounters lay ahead, but quickly, these folks realize the stabilization of a government is part of the past. The carnage, wreckage, and despair they encounter can not only shake faith and break a heart, but it could easily take the life of one they love.

Here they come to face situations inside Austin, Texas of life and death to learn that America isn’t the only one in chaos. This is a world event, and what they came for seems like no more than a dream turning nightmare.

When it becomes clear whom they can trust and whom they must break away from, it will be a do or die endeavor!

Now, we wonder, is this to be our future?

Review of TWO SUITORS FOR ANNA (A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel Book 3) by Molly Jebber

Publisher: Zebra | Published: January 31, 2017 | Formats: eBook and Mass Market (288 pages) | ASIN: B01FBZXPDM and ISBN: 9781420137651 | Series: A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Zebra

 

Thoughts:

TWO SUITORS FOR ANNA (A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel Book 3) by Molly Jebber brings us into an Amish community where dreams of marriage proposals and first loves come alive in 1903.

Anna Plank is living a new life inside Berlin, Ohio’s Amish community. Her first love’s relationship is years old, and things are progressing toward a lasting relationship with some hiccups along the way. She’s managing Grace’s Dry Goods Shop and works with her schweschder, Leah, while her widowed Mamm is working at the General Store. She enjoys the closeness to her family as they work and care for their home.

However, a marriage proposal hits Anna with not only surprise but much trepidation as well. She and Noah Schwartz have hit a rough patch. Now, it wasn’t the best time for their marriage to begin. In fact, his demeanor as of late is far from loving, and Anna’s irritation is growing. This was not a one-sided relationship before, but it does seem to be tilting that way.

When his proposal comes too quickly, with a stipulation that they would be moving, Anna’s need for time to think only grows. Her doubts are closing in around her, and she could think of nothing else until he demands an answer as he scheduled to leave for Lancaster with or without her.

Brokenhearted and confused, she continues on a solitary life, but the newest young man inside the community manages to put a smile on her face.

Daniel Bontrager is faithful, gracious, kind, selfless, and handsome, but now was not the time for such thoughts. It would be unseemly for Anna to seem as if she moves from one to another, and his friendship grows to include her family as well.

Does love just sneak up on the unsuspecting?

For Anna, it seems to do just that until Noah returns to declare his intentions to her.

Meanwhile, for Daniel Bontrager, Noah’s return to the community creates more problems than he could ever imagine!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

TWO SUITORS FOR ANNA (A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel Book 3) by Molly Jebber is a historical, Amish novel bringing life to 1903 inside Ohio’s Amish community. Anna Plank dreams of a wedding and her close-knit family being a new beginning, but she would never have even thought of it as an ending!

Unfortunately, she faces this circumstance with much indecision as her longtime love is presenting marriage with an unthinkable catch. Her community and family believe Noah and she will wed as their course charted this way for some years now. However, Noah’s personality once endearing has become demanding, and his inconsiderate proposal is breaking Anna’s heart.

Should a bride need to choose to leave her family and community to marry and live elsewhere? How could Noah Schwartz expect this when his own Mamm is a widow as is hers?

Choices for Anna are to remain the same or move on. Noah now says he is going on this trip with or without her, and he demands an answer! Can love stand still or does it need to grow?

While Daniel Bontrager’s arrival in Berlin, Ohio is a painful one, he is making the right decision. His family has dwindled through death, and his bruder’s house is now empty. Jonathan’s close community extends much welcome to Daniel, and he meets a beautiful woman. Unfortunately, she is spoken for, but he does enjoy friendship with her and her family.

Once her beau leaves, his faith is called upon to understand his feelings for her and how best to handle them.

When does a past end so that a future begins?

Review of STILL LIFE Chesapeake Valor (Book #2) by Dani Pettrey

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers | Published: January 31, 2017 | Formats: eBook (353 pages), Paperback (352 pages)and Hardcover (354 pages) | ASIN: B01M6W47W7, ISBN: 9780764212956, and Hardcover: 9780764230073 | Series: Chesapeake Valor (Book #2) | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

STILL LIFE Chesapeake Valor Book #2 by Dani Pettrey stages photography, mystery, and suspense in such a way that keeps you guessing, all the while bringing characters closer to love!

Avery Tate knows hardship, love, photography, and crime scene investigation, but her past and future collide with heartbreaking results. Avery is out of crime scene investigation but gut-wrenching circumstances bring her back onto the scene when a friend goes missing.

Skylar Pierce is turning her life around and scoring big in the process. Sky lands a modeling gig inside the same industry that shuns Avery, but she’ll muddle through to support her friend even when Avery is facing some unsavory people. However, she is the only one at the show who cares about Sky. The photographer cares about his ego, and Avery’s background comes to haunt her in a worrisome way. The FBI and the police won’t take this case seriously. She’s the only one willing to find out more about a grisly photograph that one artist wants to be trashed while the gallery owner tries to keep his own reputation stain free among the industry elite.

There really is only one person she can call to process a scene that nobody cares about, but it comes with a cost.

Parker Mitchell knows crime scenes, and he used to have Avery Tate working by his side. However, she left. He knows it is for the best, and he knows he’s far from a person ready for something more. His heart does not believe it, and his courage to talk with her is waning until she calls him.

The pain in her eyes, the hurt on her face, and the case that no one believes in brings Parker near-at-hand and maybe even just a bit closer to understanding himself before this case takes another direction.

He could lose Avery for good!

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Inside STILL LIFE Chesapeake Valor Book #2 by Dani Pettrey, Avery Tate’s photography controversy is already behind her—in fact, she’s making another entrance into this field only to help a friend, but her friend is gone!

The grotesque exhibit is enough to steal Avery’s breath away, but she stays anyway. Problems begin once her friend who models don’t show and her photo becomes the center of attention when the artist denies this shot as his own. From stolen art to new creations and to the missing and the found this romantic suspense tale brings two people back together to solve the crime.

However, the past lay out before them putting emotions on display and time is moving fast. When someone gains a target everything changes and danger comes near!

 

Review of I AM: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is by Michele Cushatt

Publisher: Zondervan | Published: January 24, 2017 | Format: eBook and Paperback (288 pages) | ASIN: B01CXDN5LM and ISBN: 9780310339809 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

I AM: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is by Michele Cushatt cuts to the heart of the problems facing today’s woman. When everything from looks to likes and popularity to education is being looked at, compared to, and struggled toward, this author shows us that we are enough as we are, where we are, and how we are through Him!

As we try to please everyone else, we deny ourselves the opportunities to be who He created us to be through Him.

We point to the many ways this is better, that is better, and there is better than whom, what, and where, but we place our hope in things that are overlooked by Him. He sees inside. We compare ourselves to others, and we are forgetting a simple fact. There is no one else like us in this world. Michele Cushatt makes it easy to see that you are you, I am I, and He loves us just the way we are. Worthy describes us already. In this world, laudability is forever changing because there is always someone more than the last. However, in His eyes, we are beautifully the way He designed us to be.

We will begin to see ourselves as we are known to Him to reverse our own negative self-talk, views, and judgments using Scriptures, prayers, and personal stories to remember that we are enough!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

No matter what we do, how we do it, or why it is needed, a woman will question themselves, their capabilities, and their strength to get it done.

She will compare herself to her counterparts using society’s barometer in every comparison as she questions her worthiness. In today’s world where more is never enough and where there is always more to do, a woman struggles to be better than what is seen, shown, or lauded as she questions herself every step of the way. Am I enough?

However, the brutality of cancer changed Michele Cushatt in all the ways she could think of and then some while casting a soul-searching discovery of herself, despite pitfalls of everyday life with this changed woman. Forced to unlearn her own negative self-talk, multi-societal opinions, and her actual old life, she begins to believe what God sees and forgive herself too. Her faith is tested only to rebound, and she becomes even more faithful and forever closer to Him.

Michele Cushatt stopped her roller-coaster ride to realize her value is not found in talents, goals, marriages, motherhood, or looks. It is found in His creation and as He chooses us to be.

His promises are real and all around us!

Review of BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE by Colleen Coble

Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Published: January 10, 2017 | Formats: eBook (336 pages), Paperback, Hardcover, and Audio | ASIN: B01CXE9T7U, ISBN: 9780718083809, ISBN: 9780718090418, Audio CD ISBN: 9781531833718 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

In BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE by Colleen Coble, we are on tour with a band from Ireland called Ceol, and in spite of the perils of fame, we visit romance at its finest until danger’s explosion changes everything!

Alanna Connolly is a young, pregnant widow lost without a connection in this world to call her own besides her band mates. With Liam gone, her grief is all encompassing, but she is carrying their baby. He is her anchor. Trying to patch together a family from Liam’s side, she tries to lighten their grief by telling them of the baby. However, this development is just what this powerful family uses to keep her latched. Her Irish past wasn’t the norm in the nation, and they plan to use it against her, but she will not let them take her baby.

Her band manager steps up and offers her a business proposal. He’ll marry her to help get her a U. S. citizenship to keep herself out of their clutches while she takes her time to grieve and begin again.

While this marriage of convenience seems to be the answer, Alanna is a vulnerable foreigner in Charleston, SC with doubts about many things, and her grief is playing havoc with her heart, mind, and sensibility. Her band mates help to keep her grounded, but with everything from gators to human screams, these pages keep turning as we wonder about those close to home!

***This opinion is my own.***

 

 

Preview:

Colleen Coble shadows Charleston, South Carolina in danger throughout BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE.

A foreigner in the United States is grief-stricken by the loss of her husband. The light was just beginning to shine brightly on Ceol, a Celtic band, under new management. A powerful explosion makes Alanna Connolly a pregnant, widow with no family and few friends. Alanna is longing to be in Ireland to raise her child, but her husband’s family is powerful with connections. Not waiting to see her father-in-law carry out his threat, she runs.

Her band manager makes a deal that will protect her and the baby, but she has doubts before she signs. Unfortunately, she’s out of options.

This man extends a helping hand to her complete with his home and his name to get Alanna out of harm’s way from Liam’s family.

Is this all there is to the story?

Although she had met her husband through his best friend, she dislikes the man. Jesse is the only survivor of one fateful night so that he is not a friend to Alanna. A man with his reputation is still walking the earth while the good man that was her husband is gone. He is her enemy. Wanting nothing to do with Jesse Hawthorne, she keeps her distance, but he does not follow her lead.

Is guilt eating at him or is there more manipulation in Jesse than anyone really knows?

He wants to be a band member, and Alanna will not accept this. However, she does not have the sole decision, and the manager isn’t forbidding his inclusion. Why? Stuck in a horrid situation with all the pain it brings she slides backward into grief and loses some of her reality in the process. Then it all becomes clear to her.

She’s in danger, and the spotlight is shining brightly in Charleston instead of Ireland!

Review of FINDING MARGO (Finding Home Book 1) by Jen Turano

Publisher: Gilead Publishing | Published: November 15, 2016 Formats: eBook (320 pages), Paperback (320 pages), and Hardcover Large Print (releasing March 2017) 500 pages | ASIN: B01KIRR2JG, ISBN: 9781683700050, and ISBN: 9781683242710 | Origin: NetGalley 

 

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Thoughts:

FINDING MARGO (Finding Home Book 1) is first in a series by Jen Turano, and I’m looking forward to Book 2!

This read is a best-selling, historical author’s first published title inside the contemporary market. With a hard act to follow from her previous quirky characters, she meets that challenge and surpasses the goal all the while adding mystery to her contemporary repertoire.

Margo Hartman is an international Pop Star on the lam. She is finding her celebrity, burnout inducing lifestyle trying and exhausting, and her tyrant stage mother is excessive and burdensome. Margo needs a change to recharge, to review, and to rediscover her. Somewhere under all the glitz that is glamor, Margo hides. She is young and vibrant but not ready for another tour. She loves singing, but she does not enjoy the theatrics of the press.

Outrunning family, paid help, bodyguards, and paparazzi, she manages to get herself in a country living experiment. A city-bred well to do should not be enjoying the ride, but Margo can breathe here. Despite this enjoyment, her lack of recent driving experience catches her in some trouble. On an Amish county road, she hits a duck, makes a friend, and uncovers the dangers of being without a bodyguard!

If a camera shot appears in the tabloids or a press hound is her only problem, she would be safe, but she wouldn’t have met a Sheriff’s deputy. However, he doesn’t seem to believe a word she says.

Brock Moore is a temporary deputy pursuing a case that means too much to let go. The tricky part of this undercover, FBI assignment comes once a woman walks in wearing a laundry list of high-priced merchandise while trying to portray herself as just passing by. However, her name is something she will not reveal, but then she matches a famed cartoon character. How does she not understand this alone would make anyone suspicious?

Cute and funny only go so far when a car accident leaves a victim and a shooter targets this same person. A stalled case and a new crime meet up in a town where secrets are still hiding!

 

***This opinion is my own.*** 

Preview:

FINDING MARGO (Finding Home Book 1) by Jen Turano reveals the price of fame, the penalty of a media spotlight, and pondering if it’s all even worth it.

When Margo Hartman takes an unscheduled vacation, she does it with her telephone off and a little planning. Her tour is over, and the handler of this International Pop Star is abusing her privilege. Unfortunately, Margo can fire talent, but she can’t terminate a mother status. Carolyn Hartman does not understand the meaning of no in money, interviews, concerts, tours, and Margo’s time. She’s relentless and will buy off anyone in her way. Since Margo is making the money, she can’t buy her, but she does pay her staff to do her “favors”. This last debacle was a road never taken before, and it won’t be taken now.

All is going along fine, until an accident, a duck, and a police deputy run into Margo. It happens when doing right can bring out something wrong and life can go crazy fast.

Brock Moore finds the newest visitor attractive, but her mode of dress and her comic strip name lends plenty of suspicions. However, it is the town stories that really seal the deal, and he begins to follow her. His being around tends to make her nervous, but once the sound of a bullet explodes, this case comes dangerously close.

From strangers to inseparable, the mystery deepens as these two get closer to the secrets hidden in this small town.

Review of TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED … INSPIRATION FOR EVERY DAY: 365 Devotions for Women Debora M. Coty

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press | eBook Published: November 1, 2016 and Hardcover Published: January 1, 2017 | Format: eBook (384 pages), Hardcover (384 pages) | ASIN: B01LZPOCKP and ISBN: 9781634098106 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy Shiloh Run Press

 

Thoughts:

In TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED … INSPIRATION FOR EVERY DAY: 365 Devotions for Women, Debora M. Coty provides humor, worship, praise, readings, prayer, and Scripture encouragement inside today’s go fast world.

You’ll find chuckles along with belly laughs as you walk with Debora for your quick dose of “Papa” God time. The pages turn as you connect in such a family way, and you will relate to the stories of everyday life and bring praise to our Creator of Life! As fun as it is different plus heartwarming to boot, you will worship Him as you are refreshing you.

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED … INSPIRATION FOR EVERY DAY: 365 Devotions for Women by Debora M. Coty brings into focus many situations arising within Christian living. From family and work issues to what about us needs His correction as we are going about something all wrong to find hope, humor, and faith in short bursts of devotion, worship, prayer, Scripture, and truth.

 

 

 

Review of TITUS RETURNS (A Wells Landing Romance) by Amy Lillard

Publisher: Zebra | Published: December 27, 2016 | Formats: eBook and Mass Market Paperback (352 pages) | ASIN: B01DRXCGBW and ISBN: 9781420139754 | Series: A Wells Landing Romance | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Zebra

 

Thoughts:

Inside TITUS RETURNS (A Wells Landing Romance) by Amy Lillard, we re-enter the Amish life inside Wells Landing, Oklahoma. This homecoming tale is raising enough doubts from all, especially from Titus Lambert!

Throughout these long five years, Titus longs to be here, and his past only intensifies this wish. His dreams of going home did not prepare him for the reality. Those pitfalls iconic dreams ignore snag at him through every place, every resident, every incident, and from the inside every stall. Temptations seem to find him while he hobbles back into faith when he is both battered and broken.

Happiness is elusive through a hardened hard and jaded view and making amends doesn’t change the past, present, or future.

Titus owes many people many things, but Abbie King and her family lost most of everything. On the King farm, he’s not welcome, but shock at what he finds there will bring his good intentions into the ashes. He will pay this debt without regard to the cost.

Meanwhile, honest work may change appearances, but it is true that love and resentment can go hand in hand.

Not everyone’s future takes to changing the past, but Titus is seeking a fresh start, a new life, and forgiveness. Inside the Amish community confusion piles on, crimes follow along, and secrets escape. Can Titus find the forgiveness of a whole community? Alternatively, will he live inside the past that will forever haunt him?

Finding love within the Amish could bring an Englischer into his destiny, but will having a future equal having happiness?

You will fall in love with Titus Lambert and a way of life in this heartwarming read where honesty is the best policy!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

TITUS RETURNS (Wells Landing Romance) by Amy Lillard introduces a different Titus Lambert. While he left as an Amish young man, he returns from Englischer prison walls now emotionally challenged but resilient and still lugging mental, faith, and emotional scars.

His former girlfriend belongs to another, one friend’s death is by his hand, and another will never be able to use his legs because of Titus Lambert’s poor choices. His family strains with him under the roof and his dream to return to a normal life in Wells Landing, Oklahoma shatters before his eyes. Looks and whispers take a toll on Titus while his jailers hold still clings. Despite shows of forgiveness, he realizes things will never be the same.

Where could he even begin?

It is time to make amends despite knowing damages will not fully heal. On the King’s farm, he is warned without regard that he is not wanted on this land. However, Titus will come back because he has to do this. Through hard work and time, he will set right the little he can because this family lost a brother, a son, and are close to losing their farm due to grief, depression, and pain.

In Wells Landing, Oklahoma inside an Amish community, second chances are a fresh start. However, roof leaks and painted walls may help, but the crushing pain of death ends hope before it ever really begins.

Titus Lambert does not get a do-over, but he does find more of himself along the way. Despite guilt, self-loathing, questionings of faith, lack of plans, and that daunting definition of happiness, a real life goes missing but returns as long as honesty remains.

Review of O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHANY by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay

Publisher: Serenade Books | Published: December 6, 2015 | Formats: eBook (136 pages) | ASIN: B0192AEF2M | Origin: Publisher 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Serenade Books

 

Thoughts:

In O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHANY by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay, we are moving into Holly Truesdale’s life or lack thereof!

She comes from a household where wealth is the norm and their life revolves around a business. She’s living apart from her family but is far from being a part of them. In fact, Holly’s treatment as an employee at her father’s company and as a child in the other venues is shocking. Some family servants want what is best for her, but she does not really know what that is because the best for her means worse for others.

However, during what should be the happiest time in her life, Holly reaches the last straw. All she wants is out. No longer caring about the damage she leaves behind, like a rebellious teen, she is a runaway without a forwarding address.

Holly is on the road to find a new life with only childlike images and a name to find the place, but she sets out for her freedom inside Bethany.

Meeting new people and some familiar faces, she is on track to gain a life, but she’s not ready for love. Fortunately, the handsome bed and breakfast owner is not either. When things change, the past rears its head, and Holly needs the strength she could never find.

In the meantime, secrets are coming alive, people are leaving as some are arriving, and this perfect holiday is going under and so is her life!

  

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHANY by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay begins inside Holly Truesdale’s reality.

Dreams beginning in childhood turn to ashes not long afterward. Many years later, Christmas time is here again and those ashes still lay in decay as life conditions deteriorate.

Holly reconstitutes the dream. She gives up her family and their wealth to move on. As part of a new community, Holly’s career and wonderful Christmas holiday are at hand. The quaint town of Bethany with all its amazing residents is her launching pad. Her miracle in the making is giving the very best of what she never had, but it brings her immense joy to be part of this iconic scene. A suitor is not on the horizon, and although Liam is near, she want’s all that he does too.

Now is not the time for anything in the romance department.

Things seem to be changing and while she’s trying to make her own way, the problems with her past resurface, this town’s Grande Dame disappears and returns, and everyone is on edge. Moreover, her dream is beginning to crash, but Holly has some things and some people on her side.

Will she lose everything or will she survive this collision course with history?

Review of CLASSIFIED CHRISTMAS MISSION (Wrangler’s Corner) by Lynette Eason

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense | eBook Published: December 1, 2016 and Paperback Published: December 6, 2016 | Format: eBook (224 pages), Paperback (224 pages), and Paperback Large Print (224 pages) | ASIN: B01F1R4XKE, ISBN: 9780373447831,  and ISBN: 9780373677924  | Series: Wrangler’s Corner | Origin: NetGalley 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Love Inspired Suspense

Thoughts:

CLASSIFIED CHRISTMAS MISSION (Wrangler’s Corner) by Lynette Eason brings us into the collision of life and death, as we dodge bullets before tumbling down the embankment.

Suspense lingers from page one, even as a child naps, and climbs higher within each chapter.

Amber Starke is on the run needing to get home by Christmas, but her destination is not for a holiday celebration. Her home base is even more dangerous in this CIA agent’s world. The items she needs await her, but the danger she’s about to bring upon her family means anyone in her path becomes collateral damage. Amber must get her new son to safety. Number two Mom stands in forever for Mom number one, as this autistic child’s world is changing. Her heart aches for Sam as they run from his biological father. However, Amber’s time is too limited, and she must keep moving.

Once lights appear on the dark and snow covered road, we prepare to move from running to fighting, but we do not expect the result of this battle.

There is a leak. Her cover will no longer help, and her handler may be to blame. Amber doesn’t know whom she trusts, but the last thing she and Sam need is someone approaching their vehicle.

Slumping over the steering wheel, Amber sees a shadow move closer. Awake enough for understanding to be at capacity, she has her weapon at the ready.

Meanwhile, the holiday trappings are all around, but this can be deadly to many. Between dangerous weather conditions and careless drivers, Deputy Lance Goode is trying to keep plans with the people who are like family to him. Even with chains on his tires, it is slow going for his vehicle. Two other cars are on this same road, but one moves at an excessive speed. Metal crunching metal will happen if it keeps moving like this.

Before he is able to respond, shots ring out to bring one vehicle into a life-endangering crash.

Lance knows the other driver could return. With his own weapon drawn, he throws his heart over the side of the road as he takes the flight to save a life. His heart breaks when he sees a young child in the back, but it thunders once he realizes who is behind the wheel.

Amber Starke is the black sheep travel writer from a close family, but he already knows there is more to her story. In fact, she is no longer the girl tag along she used to be. Her life is obviously different and his heart will not mend.

Nevertheless, their real story only just begins once more shots explode!

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Inside CLASSIFIED CHRISTMAS MISSION (Wrangler’s Corner) by Lynette Eason, Christmas is near, and Amber Starke is on the run from family connections. They do not know her chosen career or the danger in her being around them. As a CIA agent over the years, Amber has made dear friends within the organization and outside of it. Her last informant paid with her life, and her agency is to blame.

Her special needs charge understands that Amber is his new mom, but he doesn’t know that his father’s game of hiding and seek is deadly to all involved, especially to him. Somebody is a leak to this child’s father, and Agent Starke is almost sure it’s her handler and previous friend. However, their up-to-date information is putting her right where she does not want to be.

Amber is home for the holidays, but she is not home to meet with family or celebrate Christmas. In fact, she’s hiding until she obtains all she needs to disappear with Sam for good.

She will lose her own life trying defending her son, even if she has to do it solo.

Deputy Lance Goode is going to spend time with friends until a traffic hazard turns into shots splitting the quiet around him. He sees the result as one car topples off the road and under it. So much for making plans. However, Lance comes face to face with an old friend, a kidnapping victim, and a Federal Agent trying to evade the law.

There is much more to this story, and he would love to understand why this agent turns to crime, but dodging bullets are higher on his list right now. He can not allow this woman and child go to his department.

Now, all of them may need protection from her agency? How many others are on the outside getting her information?

Even crimes by law enforcement officials have consequences, but someone else is after this boy. This autistic child knows information that these people want. However, once they know what he does, they will have no use for him.

Review of THE PATTERN ARTIST by Nancy Moser

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press | Published: November 11, 2016 | Formats: eBook (322 pages) and Paperback (320 pages) | ASIN: B01HHJIK9O and ISBN: 9781634097925 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Shiloh Run Press

 

Thoughts:

Throughout THE PATTERN ARTIST by Nancy Moser, we come to know New York City alongside Annie Wood. Her arrival from England, in the year 1911, provides us readers an open door into history!

For Annie, this isn’t a joyous time of exploration.

Annie Wood is an English housemaid. She travels with maidservants, but she often forgets her place in the world, as her land is where the elites rule.

Meanwhile, Annie’s parents are poor and begrudge the wealthy. She wishes for a better life and works for a family to learn and move higher. Travel starts her mind to wander about amazing opportunities until reality closes in like walls around the city. Staying in an American rich household, Annie witnesses much of the same treatment of the help that she endures in her homeland. This type of employment will not last forever. It can’t. The skills and talents that Annie possesses are what her English family enjoys.

More realism crashes upon her as she uncovers the truth. Annie Wood does not become more or even highly paid. This station in life will always be hers. Her dream of employment stalls. Annie makes a decision. She and two other servants leave the house never to return. Facing life in America is both pleasant and unpleasant, but Annie discovers this is leading to her destiny.

However, the social norms of America can be confusing, and her outspoken and sometimes-misspoken ways come with a cost here too.

Will Annie’s words be her worst expense? Alternatively, is her willingness to speak a gift? Some notice in Macy’s comes along, but the good attention lifts her into a wonderful change. She climbs upon a corporate ladder at Butterick Pattern Company with opportunities coming her way. However, Annie must still watch her place in this world as much as her words. Her desire for better may leave her out of in cold. With teetering faith, Annie Wood may tumble.

Will the man who confesses love stay around long enough? Finding a purpose quells her confusion, but changes from within Annie must take place along the way!

***This opinion is my own.***

 

 

Preview:

Annie Wood marvels at how life is different on American soil in THE PATTERN ARTIST by Nancy Moser.

It is 1911, and an English housemaid’s employment options are few. Across the pond will never get better, as her meager class will upend everything.

Annie leaves the only work she’s ever known to find the American dream! By hard work, strength, grit, and determination along with many blessings along the way, this housemaid burns a trail from England to Macy’s leaving her mark on the heart of a salesman. Does Annie Wood belong on the creative side of fashion? This salesman believes she does, and he recommends her for a job inside the famed Butterick Pattern Company.

Annie Wood is not at all sure about this.

From one man’s love announcement to her quick mouth disrupting her own life, Annie Wood needs to make changes. If not, a new career may implode when the present and the past collide to change her future!

 

Review of REUNITED AT CHRISTMAS by Belle Calhoune

Publisher: Love Inspired | Paperback Published: November 22, 2016 and eBook Published: December 1, 2016 | Format: Paperback (224 pages) and eBook (224 pages) | ISBN: 9780373719976 and ASIN: B01I9B93GS | Series: Alaskan Grooms | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Love Inspired

 

Thoughts:

In REUNITED AT CHRISTMAS by Belle Calhoune, we are breathless as Dr. Liam Prescott goes about everyday business in Love, Alaska until he meets his wife!

It was two long years ago when a dangerous mission of search and rescue took her away, and his grief is still raw. He’s raising their young son whom still talks about his mother but doesn’t understand why she is gone. At five years old, Aidan understands that she is with Jesus, but he doesn’t understand much more than this. Most often, Liam doesn’t either.

He lives with an even deeper pain which most of his friends don’t even know. His marriage ended differently than expected. However, when Liam walks into his brother’s office, his life takes an unexpected turn.

Meanwhile, as the man standing next to her explains, Ruby Prescott is learning more about herself. Her confusion is getting worse by the minute, and it nearly overwhelms her once another man enters the room. Breathing becomes hard. She wants to run, but she cannot.

This place is not familiar, these people are mere strangers, and she’s married! How do you love someone that you do not know?

However, her husband is not the only one on this new canvas inside her mind. A child is waiting for a mother, and her bloodline continues with a brother.

Ruby Prescott isn’t sure about any of this. In fact, she is positive that she does not remember this life, her husband, or her son. Was coming here the biggest mistake of her life or will she have to grow used to being the forever stranger among them all? A whisper here, a stare from over there, in addition to her husband and family seeming all too perfect so that it does not take long before Ruby starts to wonder about their secrets.

Once another relative comes to call, some lives may forever change!

 

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***
 

Preview: 

REUNITED AT CHRISTMAS by Belle Calhoune begins two years after Ruby Prescott dies, on paper.

In the most literal sense, Ruby comes back to life in Love, Alaska to find herself. Her fragmented mind leads her here, but she doesn’t understand why. It is only a faint, vague memory from the few that she can see on the protected drive of her mind.

She could be inside this sheriff’s office telling her story, but instead, Ruby’s finding out about her own tale. However, she starts to wonder if any of this is real. Amnesia took her memories, but this confusion is not clearing. Her mind is in upload mode with data that she is unable to process.

Another man walks onto the scene. As the sheriff calms him, Ruby Prescott is losing her ability to cope and breathe.

This man is her husband and looking at him provides her no clues. Married? How can she expect to be a wife when she does not know this man? He claims his child is her child. How could she have a child and not remember him? As her mind’s focus sees an infant in her arms, she is in a panic.

Could this all be mistaken identity?

Coming here was a mistake. She’s unable to care for a child. She cannot stay married to a stranger. What other secrets will her presence unearth?

As a picture is taking shape inside her thoughts, Ruby is frantic. This is not home, this is not her family, and this is not her life.

Review of LIVE A PRAYING LIFE®WITHOUT FEAR: Let Faith Tame Your Worries by Jennifer Kennedy Dean

Publisher: New Hope Publishers | Published: October 3, 2016 | Formats: eBook and Paperback (176 pages) | ASIN: B01L82CTRA and ISBN: 9781625915092 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of New Hope Publishers

 

Thoughts:

LIVE A PRAYING LIFE®WITHOUT FEAR: Let Faith Tame Your Worries by Jennifer Kennedy Dean is a wonderful aid in keeping faith focused even during times of trial and fear!

This guide can serve group settings and an individual reader who needs a clear lens of faith during difficult times.

Using Scriptures, prayers, and exercises, this author reminds us that nothing on earth will stop God’s plans and that includes painful times or circumstances whether we are in the beginnings, middles or ends of our path. She details where in the Bible God uses the good and bad of this world for His purposes and reminds us that He continues to do so today.

In reading LIVE A PRAYING LIFE®WITHOUT FEAR: Let Faith Tame Your Worries by Jennifer Kennedy Dean, I realize more in my current times as fear ebbs but trials still flow. Through all of our circumstances, we’ll walk in a more robust faith on this journey!

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Inside LIVE A PRAYING LIFE®WITHOUT FEAR: Let Faith Tame Your Worries, Jennifer Kennedy Dean explains the fear and the causes of it, but she shows that it isn’t all that it’s supposed to be. God’s Grace and His sovereignty are all inclusive. Nothing is out of His hands. God uses all circumstances in this world to fulfill His purpose and provides His Grace to us in all things. She demonstrates this by using the Bible, Testimony, Scripture, exercises, and prayer.

From group studies to individual readers, the benefits of reading this during the hardest times is faith, understanding, and prayer.

Review of SILENT NIGHT SHADOWS by Sarah Varland

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense | eBook Published: November 1, 2016 and Paperback Published: November 8, 2016 | Format: eBook (224 pages) and Paperback (224 pages) | ASIN: B01F1SCZ3K and ISBN: 9780373447817 | Origin: Author 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Love Inspired Suspense

Thoughts:

SILENT NIGHT SHADOWS by Sarah Varland begins with suspense as she moves us from under the Christmas lights and into the hands of an abductor, tightening suspense quick in ways we won’t see coming!

Just as one event ends, we are on the run from a hunter’s gunfire as the past assaults us at every turn.

Claire Phillips is back home in Treasure Point where reckless danger almost never exists. She is playing it safe, and although safety can define the word boring, it is what Claire needs and wants. The problem with living on the edge, pumping adrenaline, and taking risks is something she’s seen first hand.

However, it is nowhere she wants to be again.

Her hometown isn’t risky, but it is beautiful. It is home. From her coffee shop to her apartment, she’s okay with being just Claire from Treasure Point, until meaty arms take her from the street and into the bushes.

Meanwhile, Nate Torres is in Treasure Point and has seen Claire Phillips. He is a part of the past that she seems to be on the run from, and he’s not sure of what type of reaction toward him she will display. Sure, his looks are different. Nate has changed much, but he’s sure it will not take long for her to put it all together. When those puzzle pieces fall into to place, he had better do some fast-talking.

Luckily, he’s undercover only somewhat and her knowing his identity won’t get him killed. To all of the townsfolk, he is a photographer, and Claire does not know his career so that should remain positive. He could use her help on this one. It is a balancing act of what he could use her for to knowing how he’s better off keeping her at bay. However, it doesn’t take long for all that to be irrelevant.

In front of him, she is dragged into the bushes, and he only has one choice now as his problems have just multiplied.

The identity of the one who has her changes everything!

How would Claire Phillips connect to his drug smuggling ring? Yes, he has an informant here, but this just does not fit into what he knows of her. What does she know? More importantly, whom does she know?

They are treading on a deadly path and time is running out.

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

In SILENT NIGHT SHADOWS by Sarah Varland, drugs hijack the Christmas holiday. How does all this connect to Claire Phillips?

Claire went to college and learned a lesson that will haunt her for life. Safety matters. Risks can kill.

After college, Claire goes back home to lead a perfect and expected life, although it is boring and mundane. What other choice does she have? She can not go through that again. Home is safe. However, the man that takes her into the bushes breaks her illusion of the Christmas holidays being normal.

In Treasure Point, safety is not as Claire believes it to be.

Nate Torres sees the unthinkable going down and must act. He cover isn’t going to last now.

The woman he knows is looking at him as recognition is beginning to dawn. His identity will not change much to her, but her help could change everything for him. Without much of a backup plan, he is honest about his identity and profession, why he’s here and about needing local knowledge to bring some locals down.

Will she help? On the other hand, will the fear of her past keep her Christmas together as pain infiltrates her heart?

After the gunshots, Claire Phillips may not be alive for the holiday!

 

 

  

Review of DEATH IN THE MIND’S EYE by Rick Acker

Publisher: Waterfall Press | Published: October 25, 2016 | Formats: eBook (414 pages), Paperback (414 pages)and Audio | ASIN: B01F8PWUXG, ISBN: 9781503937680, and Audio ASIN: B01M0G9BQ3 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of NetGalley

 

Thoughts:

DEATH IN THE MIND’S EYE by Rick Acker intersects malpractice, money, and murder with intense suspense, and we are front and center as death visits the courtroom!

Skirting the lines of law and criminality isn’t hard to do, but when someone jumps off a cliff, we spiral into a well-funded campaign to leave nothing to chance. That is precisely when San Francisco attorney Mike Webster is brought on to a case that just will not die.

Dr. Johanna Anderson uses her private psychology skills and her fMRI machine with patented approach and technology for the benefit of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation until a patient dies. The death of Seth Bell couldn’t be the end of her practice, right?

Think again.

The decedent’s father—A Senator who is well-known for being the advocate of those with prison in their past and those who need second chances—is determined to clear any labels from his son’s name and his family reputation. Senator Bell will bring to justice the one behind his son’s new health issues and new problems to find out what happened and put the blame on his psychologist, Dr. Johanna Anderson. He will stop any other from having to endure such a tragedy.

Meanwhile, this doctor’s career is not going down without a fight! She needs a lawyer and is determined to have one that meets her criteria. Why couldn’t she use her skills that do help others to help herself? She can read many things from body language and demeanor, and she will have conversations with her subjects to confirm her choice. She is fighting to help many along with herself. This technology known, as The Mind’s Eye, is not run-of-the-mill and can help those needing help. She can too. However, Jo isn’t the only one notified of this lawsuit against her.

There is a company that many don’t notice, but its role is to bring help to the firms and investors that need their kind of services. After all, many companies, countries, and investors are unable to work in the United States, for various reasons, unless they have a little help. In addition, Horizon Finance likes to seek out different financial benefits to shop around too.

In this courtroom drama, we are brought into the lives, deaths, and dreams of those inside the battle of Bell vs. Anderson unleashing danger from many sides!

Is there more to The Mind’s Eye story than we know? On the other hand, is this just all about money?

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Inside DEATH IN THE MIND’S EYE by Rick Acker, Mike Webster’s prominence comes as a medical malpractice attorney working on the plaintiff’s side. His reputation lands him without a single loss, and he’s on this side of the lectern to help those that have been hurt, injured, or left behind. With faith and good intentions, Mike takes his representation near those the blurred lines Lady Justice will often wave.

However, he has never really met someone from the defendant’s side that wanted his representation, until today.

A lawsuit claims Dr. Johanna Anderson failed to prevent the death of Seth Bell. Determined to save herself and her technology, she searches for an attorney. Not any attorney will do. She wants one who has reputation and ethics; in addition, Mike Webster has not lost, yet. She even has seen him in court. That is why Jo reaches out.

Jo needs him to come over to the defense table to help her and those who need her. She’s fighting a Senator’s family who is known for his advocacy, and she needs someone who will not shrink from the politically charged environment.

Well, the one thing is for sure, this will cost her money, and she has money to pay him.

The doctor’s funds are solid and not tied up in something intangible, but her funding is not endless. That’s where Horizon Finance will tie up the loose ends and take control of the Mind’s Eye system. The money that a sale of this technology will net at auction will be tremendous. Be aware. When Horizon sets its focus, nothing will stop them from taking what they want.

What if some people die? That is not a problem for those inside Horizon. In fact, it’s often preferable.

Review of THE CHRISTMAS SECRET by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press | Published: October 1, 2016 | Formats: eBook (144 pages), Paperback (144 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B01LZ554R8, ISBN: 9781634096751, and Audio ASIN: B01LYI8HJ3 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of NetGalley

 

Thoughts:

Inside THE CHRISTMAS SECRET by Wanda E. Brunstetter, we are living in Allentown, Pennsylvania during the 1880’s at a joyous time when Elizabeth Canning prepares for her birthday wedding to David Stinner!

She and her betrothed will be living in the cabin her family built inside years passed. It’s small and cozy with both good and bad memories stored inside, but the good far outweigh the bad. In losing her mother, she lost much, but Elizabeth believes her mother would be happy that she is traveling the same wedded path upon her Christmas Eve nuptials. Helped by a friend, Elizabeth is at the cabin setting it up to be home, and she’s finding past family trinkets and remembering long told stories along the way until their work is done. Now, Elizabeth is awaiting her David and sets to read an old journal that she found while believing she’s about to discover some funny stories to share, but something goes terribly wrong.

Meanwhile, David Stinner’s business is bustling with orders, and although he is still learning, he’s off to a wonderful start. His soon-to-be wife has no problem with waiting to buy a home until his business expands, and her family is even providing the small place as their home. Who would have expected his life would be moving so fast, doing so well, and that he would be this happy?

When he arrives at the cabin to bring Elizabeth back to her father’s house, he can tell she’s just not right. Despite her protestations of being tired from the work, she steadfastly refuses his help in deference to their honor without a chaperone. True and understandable. He knows she is correct, and her understandings of such things are more reasons why he is in love with Elizabeth.

He’s busy at the shop, and she has become ill. Her family believes this will pass and that she’ll be fine enough for a visit soon they say until a letter tells him otherwise.

Elizabeth Canning has just called off their wedding and already left town!

Her family does not know where she has gone or why and are worried. David is working his contacts to find out where she would go since not even her friend will say. Does she not know? On the other hand, is she not telling him?

He will prove his love for Elizabeth and find her even if it means putting his business aside. Surprises are abounding on this journey as secrets are revealed.

 

***This opinion is my own.***
 

Preview:

As the wedding nears, Elizabeth Canning is planning for a wonderful life married to the man she loves until her dream becomes hopeless from a secret that will hurt many!

David Stinner worries about his betrothed’s sudden illness, but her family maintains she will be fine that is until she leaves town without their knowledge. At a loss and frantic, David commits to finding her.

Once the secret is out and he finds Elizabeth, will the results leave David completely shattered?

 

 

 

Review of WINNING YOUR DAILY SPIRITUAL BATTLES: Living Empowered by the Armor of God by Linda Evans Shepherd

Publisher: Revell | Published: October 18, 2016 | Format: eBook and Paperback (210 pages) | ASIN: B01M1DYGLV and ISBN: 9780800727093 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy Revell

Thoughts:

WINNING YOUR DAILY SPIRITUAL BATTLES: Living Empowered by the Armor of God by Linda Evans Shepherd. Wait! Wait . . . Um . . . Exactly, what is the Armor of God?

In this Inspirational read, based on the Bible, the Armor of God is already ours and is in the Scriptures, but as Christians, we sometimes forget all that we have and venture on without our faith proven protection.

The author demonstrates that we must think of our spiritual journey as faith with purpose, but the enemy doesn’t want us to reach our destinations.

Spiritual Warfare is real. It is happening. In addition, it’s closer to you than you believe!

Prayers, personal stories, an allegory, the Bible, affirmations, and Scripture show us the God-given protection to go onward for all to see His works in us. However, once we land upon those easy days of doing all things in His name, we wonder what all this fuss is about. This thought will remain until you come to your first spiritual battle that impedes you from your destiny.

You may not recognize the person, place or thing, but you will recognize the changes, the fear, and the pain after reading this book. Moreover, you’ll know what you need to do to get back on track!

I most certainly do recommend this read.

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Linda Evans Shepherd’s WINNING YOUR DAILY SPIRITUAL BATTLES: Living Empowered by the Armor of God provides the protection for an emboldened faith life that we already have, even if we didn’t realize how to use it.

Her personal stories, prayers, affirmations, and Scripture references will be a guide throughout this faithful destiny. These tools will help break through barriers, ties, problems, hurts, and lies that the enemy uses, and a victorious life will be His inside our destiny of purpose.

 

 

Review of SLEIGH BELLS RING: Four Romance Contemporary Novellas by Sandra D. Bricker, Barbara J. Scott, Lynette Sowell, and Lenora Worth

Publisher: Gilead Publishing | Published: October 14, 2016 Formats: eBook and Paperback (266 pages) | ASIN: B01IJVQ8HK and ISBN: 9781683700074 | Origin: NetGalley 

 

Cover: Courtesy NetGalley

 

Thoughts:

SLEIGH BELLS RING: Four Romance Contemporary Novellas by Sandra D. Bricker, Barbara J. Scott, Lynette Sowell, and Lenora Worth examines parental and sisterhood bonds to uncover more than the Tucker sisters ever expect.

The four siblings are scattered across the country as their lives move in different directions away from where they grew up. With their estranged father now deceased, these ladies inherit his horse farm. It was a place of fun, pain, angst, and tears and going back will not be easy. Old wounds will open and may heal. The fun times can resurface bringing life to a lifetime of memories and some sadness too, but this Christmas holiday will give them many new memories to share.

Some good? Some bad?

Readers, bring some tissues while you learn how an inheritance can strengthen these shared bonds and romance may blossom from the ashes!

***This opinion is my own.*** 

Preview:

SLEIGH BELLS RING: Four Romance Contemporary Novellas by Sandra D. Bricker, Barbara J. Scott, Lynette Sowell, and Lenora Worth is about romance and memories.

With their life stories vast and different, the four Tucker girls inherit their childhood horse farm. When their mother died, one was young and still living at home. From then on, all they had left was an estranged father.

Meanwhile, in Tuck’s later years, he found faith and passed onto his daughters the only thing he believed that he could. He wished his life had been different with them and even for them, but he was at peace before his passing. Tuck forever leaves them the best of him. Did he find a way to bring his girls’ home, again? For Christmas?

 

Review of THE CAUTIOUS MAIDEN (The Everstone Chronicles Book 4) by Dawn Crandall

Publisher: Whitaker House | Published: October 4, 2016 | Format: eBook (324 pages) and Paperback (304 pages) | ASIN: B01LOUGO6I and ISBN: 9781629117508 | Series: The Everstone Chronicles Book 4 | Origin: Author 

Cover: Courtesy of Author

Thoughts:

Hidden motives? Tarnished reputations? Family embarrassments? Outcasts? Loves? Losses? Winnings? Risks? Oh!

Inside THE CAUTIOUS MAIDEN (The Everstone Chronicles Book 4), Dawn Crandall brings us into the life of an Everston employee. Pain and fear lunge at Violet Hawthorne through flyby schemes to cover the actual reasoning of which everyone else may already know. She needs protection from a debtor whom will collect what is owing. Due to her brother’s actions, Violet is already out of her ancestral home and is working and thriving due to the kindness of Dexter Blakely.

When her brother comes around, he’s usually wanting something from her, but what happens to Violet next will leave behind a new look and haunting memories as terrifying moments with a knife to her back remain.

Her comfortable employment, her new friendships, and her new living condition end despite the innocence of Violet. However, Vance Everstone’s influence makes everyone believe she is guilty of the scandalous charges. Now, Dexter tells her that she must leave, and as helpless as a woman could be in the 1890’s, she watches two men prepare a future which she does not want.

They assure they are doing this to protect her. Are they? Alternatively, is there more to the story than anyone really knows?

She must play the formal role of a happy soon-to-be wife of someone she doesn’t know. Meanwhile, Vance Everstone must convince the family that he is in love with her and that he’s a changed man.

The pain she is feeling may just take her to a new place, but this cover up can still implode!

***This opinion is my own.***

Preview:

THE CAUTIOUS MAIDEN (The Everstone Chronicles Book 4), Dawn Crandall shows Violet Hawthorne working after her brother turned their deceased parents’ home into a brothel.

Her work provides room and food. Moreover, her honor is safe.

Although her parents raised her to be a lady, their middle of the road income did not afford the benefits provided to those who come to Everston. Ladylike ways carry Violet to friendships not usual to one at her station in life, and she has come to be comfortable and content where she is until her reputation takes a downturn.

She’s out of a job, out of her comfort level, and engaged to a man she would never choose to marry. Vance Everstone’s reputation is too conspicuous.

As she prepares for an unwanted wedding, Violet finds that not everyone is as deceived as she believes. This duping to cover up their standing comes second once she knows a man stalks her. He wants her regardless because she is his to collect thanks to her brother.

During this time, she manages to fall hard for a family surrounding her who may never become hers thanks to Rowen Steel!

October Releases (as per ACFW Blog)

October 2016 New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Biblical Fiction:

Providence: Hannah’s Journey by Barbara M. Britton — When the prophet of Israel refuses to heal her, Hannah flees Jerusalem and is captured by an enemy with a curse all his own. (Biblical from Harbourlight [Pelican])

Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette — In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart’s calling to become an apprentice midwife. When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira’s people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she’s denied herself and embrace who she truly is? (Biblical from Bethany House [Baker])

Christmas Novella:

Christmas Lights by Chautona Havig, Vikki Kestell, Cathe Swanson, and April Hayman — From historical romance to contemporary cozy mysteries and Christmas wonder, these four “light” reads will warm your heart and ignite your Christmas spirit! (Christmas Novella, Mixed Genres, Independently Published)

Contemporary Romance:

Risking Love by Brenda S. Anderson — Can cautious bank employee Lissa Morgan risk falling in love with a former thrill-seeker, a widowed single dad, when she may have to foreclose on his house? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

A Mom for Christmas by Lorraine Beatty — Noah’s dream of a happy family and Beth’s dream of a continuing ballet career are both dashed, but when they come together they discover that the Lord might have a new dream for both of them. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Sleigh Bells Ring by Sandra D. Bricker, Barbara J. Scott, Lynette Sowell, and Lenora Worth — Santa Claus is coming to town, and so are the Tucker sisters. The girls have inherited their father’s run-down horse farm for Christmas. It needs some serious TLC in order to make it sell-ready. Joanna knows that by recruiting her sisters and one handsome ranch hand they can fix up the place and even celebrate one last Christmas while they’re at it. However, to Isabella, returning to their home in Kentucky bluegrass country for Christmas seems like an impossible hurdle. Can her Chicago boyfriend make life merry and bright again? One thing’s for sure: nothing is peace on earth for Sophia as a new beau brings up old wounds. And when the fate of the horse farm is put in jeopardy because Amy accidentally fraternizes with the enemy, tensions rise. But it’s not like the land developer stole Christmas . . . just her heart. Can the Tucker sisters have themselves a merry little Christmas? (Contemporary Romance from Gilead Publishing)

Do You Hear What I Hear? by Margaret Brownley — Stranded at the old Star Inn until the road back to his cabin reopens, lumber mill owner Rick Talbot suddenly comes face to face with the past. The only woman he’s ever loved is standing in front of the inn’s blazing fire trying to get warm. Both Rick and Sally regret what happened between them years ago, but his family lumberyard clashes with her tree-hugging ways and neither is willing to try again. It will take the storm of the century, one stage-struck young boy, a certain meddling “angel”–and even a cranky cat–to convince them that in matters of the heart, sometimes the second time around is best. (Contemporary Romance from St. Martin Press)

More Than a Tiara by Valerie Comer — Marisa Hiller abandoned her modeling career to nurse a broken heart in Montana, far from the photographer who ruined everything. Her family farm is now part of a CSA program teaching gardening and cooking to single moms, but when the coordinator begs her to represent the program in the Miss Snowflake Pageant, Marisa balks. God has forgiven Jase Mackie but hasn’t answered his prayer to bring Marisa back into his life… until Jase finds himself out West as the official photographer for a beauty pageant, face to face with the woman he’s never forgotten. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Room at the Inn for Christmas by Mary Connealy — Ambitious hotel executive Amanda Star’s has got her sights set on the CEO job at the multi-national Halston hotel chain. But then she inherits the Star Inn, a place her father had always wanted her to run alongside him. With no time to be away from her job, she rushes home to put the inn up for sale. Once there, she’s struggles against keen regret, sweet memories, and the longing to return, which grows stronger when she is reunited with an old classmate: Anthony Carter, a handyman with a guarded heart. (Contemporary Romance from St. Martin Press)

Can’t Help Falling by Kara Isaac — A funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England. (Contemporary Romance from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

A Christmas Homecoming by Kimberly Rose Johnson — Interior design assistant Bailey Calderwood suspects the mysterious admirer sending her cards and flowers is none other than the son of her unpleasable, bed-ridden boss. When Stephen Belafonte’s mom demands he fire Bailey, can he find a way to heal the rift in his family as well his own heart, or will he be forced to let Bailey go? (Contemporary Romance from Mountain Brook Ink)

Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson — When Caden Holt’s boss asks her to show off their own beautiful Prince Edward Island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the Red Door Inn, the reclusive executive chef is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen–and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful. (Contemporary Romance from Revell [A Division of Baker Publishing Group])

Trust My Heart by Carol J. Post — Grant McAllister, a jaded big-city lawyer and small-town reporter Jami Carlisle have no hope for finding true love–except for a zany old matchmaker who won’t give up. In the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there’s healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what’s needed to finally guide him home. (Contemporary Romance from Waterfall Press)

Insight by Deborah Raney — She’s having a baby. It’s a blessing that brings comfort to newly widowed Olivia Cline. Yet with no insurance, no job and precious little money, how will Olivia care for herself and her child? The answer is a handsome and brooding artist seeking an assistant. Reed Vincent has recently regained his eyesight thanks to a donor. And through his eyes, Olivia begins to see all the possibilities before her. Before them. Until, in a flash of insight, she knows why his signature is so hauntingly familiar. (Contemporary Romance from Raney Day Press)

Silver Bells by Deborah Raney — As Elvis croons from the radio and Christmas descends upon a small Kansas town, two people find the miracle of love. (Contemporary Romance from Raney Day Press)

A Family Under the Christmas Tree by Terri Reed — In this heartwarming tale set during the Christmas season, a single father and a fashion photographer are brought together by a young boy and a mischievous Bernese mountain dog–but first they must learn to set aside their differences if they are willing to let their relationship bloom. (Contemporary Romance from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

Third Strand of the Cord by Catherine Richmond — Caroline will do anything to keep her ex-husband from putting her son with Down syndrome in an institution–even enroll the boy in a class taught by a know-it-all karate instructor. Lee Marivaux is an expert at reading people. He knows his feisty new student will thrive with firm guidance – and he’s right. He pegs the boy’s mother as a clueless socialite who loafs at the country club – and he’s never been so wrong. When Caroline’s abusive ex shows up, demanding custody, Lee and Caroline must join forces to keep the boy safe. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Buying Love by Toni Shiloh — Impatient for marriage, Nina Warrenton places an ad in the newspaper for a husband–attaching a monetary reward. But when she begins to fall for the small-town chef who answers her add, she realizes how much she wants him to love her and not her money. Dwight Williams needs fast cash to save the family restaurant, but can he let it go to prove his love for Nina? (Contemporary Romance from Celebrate Lit)

Moonlight Over Manahttan by Carrie Turansky — Professional organizer Sarah Montgomery is hired to organize her elderly neighbor’s cluttered apartment by Justin Latimer, her neighbor’s grandson. Sarah believes free-spirited Justin is a lazy, unemployed poet who is taking advantage of his grandmother’s generosity. Though attracted to him, she guards her heart against her growing feelings. As Sarah and Justin work together to help his grandmother and enjoy Christmas events in NYC, romantic sparks fly. When Sarah discovers who Justin really is, she must decide if she will continue to hide behind her protective wall or open her heart and embrace love. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Love Bears All Things by Beth Wiseman — Charlotte Dolinsky needs time to recover after breaking up with her boyfriend, Ryan. But when a surprise visitor shows up on her doorstep in Texas, she’s forced to put aside her own worries to help her Amish friends in Lancaster County. Daniel Byler struggles each day in his Amish community to heal from his fiancée’s betrayal. When he discovers that a member of his family is in danger of being shunned, his pain turns to fear. His only way to help is by partnering with Charlotte, a woman he barely knows who has already deceived them all before. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

General Contemporary (includes Women’s Fiction):

Paint The Storm by Dawn V. Cahill — When Meg is challenged to love her lesbian daughter as Christ would, she struggles to live out God’s command, and when her daughter goes missing, she finds herself joined with the unlikeliest of allies in her search for Linzee, and finally learns of God’s unconditional grace for sinners. (Contemporary Women’s Fiction from Spring Mountain Publishing)

Restoration Road by Elise Phillips — Mallory Andrews’s short trip back to Texas for her mother’s funeral quickly becomes a move home to help her grieving father with his contracting business. When her old crush, Tres, hires them for a restoration project Mallory falls in love with the crumbling old house. And when feelings bloom between her and Tres, she finds herself on the road to a brand new, unexpected life filled with faith, sweet tea, and fresh paint. (General Contemporary from Desert Breeze Publishing)

Above All Things by Deborah Raney — Expecting their first baby, Judd and Evette McGlin are thrilled to become parents. But the couple faces the ultimate test when Judd learns he already has a child: a six-year-old mixed-race girl born amid secrets and lies. Now, Evette must decide if she can accept the child. She thought she was open-minded–until hidden prejudices threaten the future of an innocent little girl, Evette’s marriage and the very notion of who she thinks she is. (Contemporary Women’s Fiction from Raney Day Press)

Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti — Alexis set out to restore a fieldstone farmhouse in need of repair. She didn’t expect to restore a life in the process. (General Contemporary from Worthy Inspired)

Strings of Faith by Terry Stafford — Darcy is a classically trained violinist who dreams of playing bluegrass and winning The National Oldtime Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho. When tragedy strikes, Darcy lays her gift aside for her family and faces unimaginable pain and loss, leading to dissension with her husband, disappointing judgment from her church, and anger with God Himself. Can her gift of music survive when her life is turned upside down? (General Contemporary, Independently Published)

Historical:

The Lost Generation by Erica Marie Hogan — On August 5th 1914, the world changed forever. For John and Beth Young, it meant the happiness they finally achieved was snatched out from under them. For Emma Cote, it meant that her husband Jared would do his duty, despite her feelings. For Christy Simmons it meant an uncertain future with the boy she loved. The lives of six people, spread across the British Empire to America were changed forever. (Historical from Elk Lake Publishing Inc.)

Aboard Providence by Keely Brooke Keith — When an accident forces Jonah Ashton to serve as a ship’s physician, he boards the Providence with the plan to escort a group of families to their new settlement in South America and then return to Pennsylvania to finish medical school before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. What he doesn’t count on is getting lost at sea… and Marian Foster. When the settlers finally reach land, Jonah makes a startling discovery that changes everything, but will it change his heart? (Historical from Crossriver Media Group)

Historical Romance:

The Rails to Love Romance Collection by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Amanda Cabot, Lisa Carter, Ramona K. Cecil, Lynn A. Coleman, Susanne Dietze, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Connie Stevens, and Liz Tolsma — Journey the Transcontinental Railroad along with nine unlikely couples who encounter all the dangers and disappointments of traveling the rails in the late 1800s. From sight-seeing excursions to transports toward new lives, from orphan trains to circus trains, can romances develop into blazing love in a world of cold, hard steel? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Cowboy Christmas Homecoming by Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Herne, Julie Lessman, and Anna Schmidt — For widow June Harper, another cold front is about to hit. Most call him Hugh. She’d call him Scrooge, except as the man ensures her needs are met, June can’t help but wonder how to meet the needs of his heart. Netty Lewis can take care of herself, has for a while now. And even if Roy, her hired help for the holidays, does take care of her, that doesn’t mean he cares for her or that he’ll stay past Christmas. Pastor Colton McCabe is not sure he’ll make it through the holidays with his new housekeeper. Grace can’t seem to do anything right but love. Perhaps being a homekeeper will earn her a permanent residence in his heart. Connie Lancaster is determined to return to St. Louis, and no cowboy can change her mind. But if Isaac can change her heart, maybe Connie will see the homecoming she’s been longing for isn’t to a place but a person. (Historical Romance from Gilead Publishing)

The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep — Stranded in a strange land, Eleanor Morgan faces starvation or marriage . . . but who wants to marry a murderer? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Rightful Heir by Angel Moore — Cowboy Jared Ivy must work with stranger Mary Lou Ellison until a judge comes to town and determines which one of them is the rightful heir to his family’s Texas newspaper. Intrepid reporter Mary Lou won’t lose the Pine Haven Record–the legacy he left her–without a fight. But when she and Jared stop sparring long enough to investigate a story together, they become a force to be reckoned with. Will they let their battle over the Record get in the way of something even more newsworthy: true love? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Christmas at Stoney Creek by Martha Rogers — When newspaper reporter Tom Whiteman befriends a homeless man named Joe, Tom decides to bring him home to Stoney Creek, Texas for Christmas. As Tom and his childhood friend Faith Delmont set out to learn the truth about the mysterious old man with the kind, sad eyes, they discover that God’s love can turn tragedy and loss to triumph, and that true love comes to those who wait. (Historical Romance from Realms [Charisma Media])

Mystery:

Another Day, Another Dali by Sandra Orchard — In order to regain her grandmother’s favor FBI Special Agent Serena Jones agrees to investigate a missing Salvador Dali painting. But when the evidence points to members of the owner’s own household, it becomes clear that Serena won’t be winning any popularity contests. Then Serena stumbles upon links to her grandfather’s unsolved murder. (Mystery from Revell [A Division of Baker Publishing Group])

Romantic Suspense:

Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon — After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime in the woods. But when someone threatens his neighbor, publishing executive Dana Lewis, Finn and Dana must work together to discover who wants her to leave her lakeside cabin before it costs both their lives. (Romantic Suspense from Revell [A Division of Baker Publishing Group])

Identity Unknown by Terri Reed — When a John Doe washes up on the shores of Calico Bay, no one knows who he is—including him. But one thing’s instantly clear to deputy sheriff Audrey Martin: the man’s marked for murder. And she’s the only one who can protect him from the assassins who lurk at every turn. The arrival of a team of men claiming he’s Canadian Border Services officer Nathanial Longhorn only further complicates the matter. As his memories slowly start drifting back, Nathanial and Audrey work to uncover who wants him dead and why. If they don’t, this Christmas might be their last. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Speculative:

A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes — What more can you sacrifice than your life? Parvin Blackwater is dead. At least that’s what the Council and the world thinks. But her sacrifice tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world? (Speculative Young Adult from Enclave Publishing)

Unblemished by Sara Ella — Eliyana can’t bear to look at her own reflection. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world exists where her blemish could become her strength? (Speculative Young Adult from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

Beast by Chawna Schroeder — For as long as Beast can remember, she has lived among her master’s dogs. With them she sleeps. With them she eats. With them she fights and struggles to survive. But through hunger and cold she dreams of one day becoming her master’s favorite, earning bones with meat and a place beside the fire. When her pack scatters after a surprise raid, Beast must defend herself against slavers, hunting down the loners. They are so strong, and she is only a beast . . . or is she? (Speculative Allegory from Enclave Publishing)

Accelerant by Ronie Kendig — He’ll destroy the world. But he must save it first. As the only able-bodied heir to the Fire Throne, Haegan, Prince of Seultrie must return to the Nine Kingdoms and fight for his people. But there are insidious forces at work. When reality itself falls into question, Haegan struggles to know where to fight, who to trust. Caught between duty to his country and duty to the world, Haegan must see clearly enough to choose the right path to save his devastated world. (Speculative High Fantasy from Enclave Publishing)

Thriller/Suspense:

Death in the Mind’s Eye by Rick Acker — It knows what you’re thinking. It knows when you’re lying. Does it know how to kill? San Francisco attorney Mike Webster and Dr. Johanna Anderson, a brilliant and beautiful psychologist, must clear Jo’s name of a malpractice case before the controversial, technologically-assisted Mind’s Eye therapy is seized by a shadowy finance firm and used as a weapon. (Thriller/Suspense from Waterfall Press)

The Warrior’s Seal by Ronie Kendig — A Special Forces team is thrust into a war with the past to save the president after an artifact unleashes a deadly toxin. Special Forces operative Cole “Tox” Russell and his team are tasked in a search-and-rescue–the U.S. president has been kidnapped during a goodwill tour. The mission nosedives when an ancient biblical artifact and a deadly toxin wipe out villages. Tox must stop the terrorists and the toxin to save the president. This is a free e-novella prequel! (Thriller/Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])

Deadly Infiltration by W. Richard Lawrence — Infiltrators inside the American government are betraying undercover agents while helping sneak weapons of mass destruction across our borders. To keep their work hidden, they are willing to murder anyone who gets in their way. Sara, a brilliant computer expert working for the FBI, finds herself caught in the middle. Sara’s young faith in God is gravely tested when she is framed for the murder of an FBI agent, forcing her to go into hiding. Meanwhile, Sara’s fiancé Derry lives up to a promise he made to her, and gives up his future to save her and hopefully the country. (Thriller/Suspense from Boarding House Publishing)

Western Historical:

Refining Fire by Carol Cox — Meet the Arizona Territory Brides. Four strong, independent women–each determined to stand on her own two feet, and not one of them looking for romance. But sometimes love shows up when you least expect it… (Western, Pioneer/Prairie, Independently Published)

Review of THE SECOND HALF: A Novel by Lauraine Snelling

Publisher: FaithWords | Published: July 5, 2016 | Formats: eBook, Paperback, and Audio (368 pages) | ASIN: B01B1W0N3Y, ISBN: 9781455586172, and Audio ASIN: B01H5SFHD4 |  Origin: NetGalley

Cover: Courtesy of FaithWords

 

Thoughts:

In THE SECOND HALF: A Novel by Lauraine Snelling, we dig into retirement when it is not all that it’s supposed to be and is far from the dream, but is one of a stark and scary reality!

Ken Sorenson took retirement assured his legacy inside the famed Stone University was secure. He spent thirty years as Dean of Students, but realities help to throw a lifetime he spent creating overboard! Academia and office politics abound even when the end of an era is at Stone’s door.

Meanwhile, another war comes to this home front as his wife’s business is starting to take off just as he is slowing life down a notch.

Mona Sorenson gains some big wins. Her depression is under control, her business is reaching new heights, and the plan of retirement travel is close to hatching. Not to discount that Mona cannot wait for her husband’s hands to bring much more to what she has built.

Reality dampens this couple’s retirement expectation once the telephones begin to make their different music selections sing.

Her grown children have their own families, but Steig’s wife left him for another man. However, she left her husband and her own children, and Steig is going on deployment, again. His Special Forces designation takes him where these parents wish he wouldn’t go.

With little time to plan, as guardians, these two will raise two young grandchildren who struggle with abandonment issues and fear of the unknown. Now, the realities of raising children at this age, inside these current times, have two grandparents giving up what they wanted and falling in love with two kids who are taking their home to new levels of communication.

When nighttime visitors in uniform come upon their doorstep, their faith becomes lacking, as their fears become larger.

Trusting is not always easy, but it is always necessary!

***This opinion is my own.***
 

Preview:

THE SECOND HALF: A Novel by Lauraine Snelling brings retirement into focus when all the plans take a sudden but necessary detour.

Both Ken Sorenson and his wife Mona have plans on traveling and indulging into the bounty of retirement while Mona still runs her business. Travel and running a business are possible with today’s technology.

As a professional event planner, Ken’s retirement party is easy for Mona to plan and harder to keep the guest from figuring it all out. She could never pull a surprise on the Dean of Students that he didn’t figure out before time. Now, he is at Stone University in his last days before retirement and is under a fixed deadline. Plus, with all their travel talk, Ken is pondering destinations instead of being on her party planning tail. Not to doubt, her party planning experience keeps her on her toes too.

However, some of the best plans go off course, but their raising another family was not even a thought until the phone sings the right tune, guardianship happens, and someone goes missing!

 

Review of MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS BRIDES: Nine Historical Novellas Celebrate Faith and Love in the Rocky Mountains by Mildred Colvin, Mary Davis, Susan Page Davis, Lena Nelson Dooley, Darlene Franklin, Debby Lee, Tamela Hancock Murray, Carrie Turansky, and Gina Welborn

Publisher: Barbour Books | Published: September 1, 2016 Formats: eBook and Paperback (448 pages) | ASIN: B01K3TSMPC and ISBN: 9781634098908 | Origin: NetGalley 

 

Cover: Courtesy NetGalley

 

Thoughts:

MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS BRIDES: Nine Historical Novellas Celebrate Faith and Love in the Rocky Mountains by Mildred Colvin, Mary Davis, Susan Page Davis, Lena Nelson Dooley, Darlene Franklin, Debby Lee, Tamela Hancock Murray, Carrie Turansky, and Gina Welborn uncovers reissued romances.

You’ll fall in love with history from the first to the last!

These old-world stories bring us to small logging towns and cityscapes and from the late 1800’s into the early 1900’s. We meet people from these days and watch them find love in the least likely places, where hope grows along with faith.

With only a sampling inside this review, I’ll share about two of the many stories where sensibilities, kindness, and love melt my heart.

ONE EVERGREEN NIGHT by Debbie Lee puts amazing storytelling in action from when we meet Frederick Corrigan. He’s a train engineer with a heart-of-gold, and he’s heading passed his courting days as he hustles across dangerous tracks to move his cargo of logs for processing at the mill. His focus is on safety and people as he works to save his father’s house from foreclosure. At this point in life, Frederick isn’t looking for a love, but he believes in His timing for everything.

While Emma Pearson despises her job in the rough and tumble logging camp, it provides enough money. Moreover, it’s close to the only family she has left. Her brother works in dangerous situations, and she worries for him and for herself. What would she do without her brother, Jake? In her mother’s second marriage the pain, abuse, and poverty were in every day. No. Passing her courting days was no matter to Emma. She will take care of herself and her kin and will remain from any man’s power. Anger seems to get the best of Emma as she learns her brother will work under Frederick Corrigan, and she has no qualms about telling him how she will hold him responsible if anything happens to Jake.

These two tangle a few times, but Frederick will do his best to keep Jake out of danger. He doesn’t know Emma’s story, but he knows enough to understand the love of family. He’s living to keep his dad out of debt, and she’s living to keep her brother safe. Maybe they have different ways about them, but they both hold precious values.

Another stellar read is in ALMOST HOME by Susan Page Davis where we come to love two childhood friends who were more like family until family squabbles tore them apart!

When they meet up again, they are both grown and almost unrecognizable to each until Patricia Logan’s desire to go home outsmart her safety fears.

At the livery stable, she wants to rent a sleigh to get the rest of the way home despite this weather. Her elder aunt is near to the baby’s arrival, and Patricia can’t be in town instead of at the ranch. When the livery will rent no horses for the sleigh, refusing to put them in danger of trying to outlast a blizzard, she seeks another way home.

A gentleman is just leaving with his own horses to go back that way, but he can’t be responsible for a woman in this mess. However, it doesn’t take long for Jared Booker to know the woman in front of him. She’s the same tomboy from around the Logan ranch during years past. Despite how pretty she is today, he’s not going to risk her life with him. However, the more she speaks, the more he doubts that she’ll stop trying to get home on her own.

This woman’s familiar, determined personality is under his skin, but will the Logan’s hate him the way the hate his father? Will the family he used to have place blame on him if something happens to Patricia on the road?

He can’t chance her asking the next man to arrive about getting her home, as not everyone is safe enough for her.

 

***This opinion is my own.*** 

Preview:

The MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS BRIDES: Nine Historical Novellas Celebrate Faith and Love in the Rocky Mountains by Mildred Colvin, Mary Davis, Susan Page Davis, Lena Nelson Dooley, Darlene Franklin, Debby Lee, Tamela Hancock Murray, Carrie Turansky, and Gina Welborn is romance. With Christmas right around the corner in each story, the sleighs may bring welcomed guests and wedding bells will soon chime!

 

Review of THE HAWAIIAN QUILT by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press | Published: September 1, 2016 | Formats: eBook, Paperback, and Audio (290 pages) | ASIN: B01BPYK76G, ISBN: 9781634092241, and Audio ASIN: B01KTZHW2Y  | Origin: NetGalley 

 

Cover: Courtesy of NetGalley

 

Thoughts:

Within THE HAWAIIAN QUILT by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter, we travel with four young Amish women from Indiana on a one-of-a-kind vacation to the beautiful islands of Hawaii. While these remaining days before joining the Amish church are exciting and fun, this vacation just might forever change lives!

Mandy Frey wants to visit Hawaii, and it takes long for her and three friends to save enough money to join this cruise. Barbara, Ellen, Sadie, and Mandy are experiencing the world aboard a luxury liner with food, entertainment, and fellow tourists. Except they do tend to stand out from most folks. Their plain dress and Amish bonnets are noticeable in any crowd. However, the misconceptions many believe about the Amish community come into focus on this journey, but they already expect this. Moreover, with such limited time, the brave young women decide not to let the questions or comments spoil their fun.

The many expeditions do not include enough hours in a day to do all. It has been predetermined.

To separate is the best thing they can do, although no one will ever be alone. Two by two, these Amish visitors go on junkets with cell phones to keep on time and cameras to keep each other up to speed on the different attractions. Although seasickness cramps the plan at first, the four bounce from place to place, having fun, meeting new people, and taking in as much as possible.

Meanwhile, when boy meets girl, the timing is off. A telephone becomes lost, and a ship sets sail without two passengers. What will become of the two Amish women with little money and only the clothes on their back? A Christian couple takes them in, but one feels there is more to this story. Is there? Once the usual order for organic eggs arrives at the Palms Bed and Breakfast, this story becomes even more complicated. We’ll even begin to wonder about how this story ends!

Can romance blossom despite this distance or could love wilt like a flower in the cold back home in Indiana?

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

THE HAWAIIAN QUILT by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter begins inside Indiana’s Amish community and sails to the Hawaiian Islands with four young Amish women along for one-of-a-kind vacation before they forever join their Amish church.

It has been Mandy Frey’s dream to visit Hawaii, and she and three friends leave their Amish community for a cruise. From prayers partners to travel buddies, these friends split up to see all the sites, but Mandy and another friend miss their return deadline from Kauai. Stranded without a place to go their fear grows.

When the kindness of strangers intervenes, it keeps them longer than expected out of their Amish roots. Will Mandy’s romance survive this long distance trip or will either one or both of these young women decide not to return?

Review of THE ROOM WITH THE SECOND BEST VIEW by Virginia Smith

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers | Published: September 1, 2016 | Formats: eBook and Paperback (224 pages) | ASIN: B01HJ60YUS and ISBN: 9780736964814 | Series: Tales from the Goose Creek B&B (Book 3) | Origin: NetGalley 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Harvest House Publishers

 

Thoughts:

Within THE ROOM WITH THE SECOND BEST VIEW (Tales from the Goose Creek B&B Series), Virginia Smith drops us off at an intersection of troubles!

It starts as an act of kindness by offering something nice to someone who assists you. What bad can come from this especially when it connects to your work life or your boss? Millie wanted this house for her bed and breakfast plans, but at the time of purchase, Al was not in on this idea. However, he did agree later on and retirement is only years away now, but what Millie Richardson sees as a dry run, of sorts, her husband, Al Richardson, sees as a home intrusion. This husband and wife duo seems to be on two different timelines, although Millie’s timelines do have a habit of launching before Al gives input. Sometimes, spouses think alike, but at other times, they couldn’t be further apart in the thought process.

Issues come from many directions as town events, personal problems, work issues, home renovations, and health troubles collide, forcing plans to go astray.

The results leave all unprepared and in a scramble to keep up!

Early on, this town’s newest couple was ostracized. Friends from around the town begin to take sides. However, when accomplices gather, do they ponder when evil intentions will turn on them? Will friendships be restored?

Meanwhile, the problems inside this not-yet-opened bed and breakfast grow in size, number, and scope.

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

THE ROOM WITH THE SECOND BEST VIEW (Tales from the Goose Creek B&B Series) by Virginia Smith begins with secrets and planning for celebrations.

Goose Creek, Kentucky is about to reach its 150th anniversary, and by the way of this date, the celebration planning committee is in high gear, until health problems sideline its financing hopes. However, the newest and least liked and most ostracized townsfolk step in to lend a hand and turn friends into foes as they get the job done.

However, money, notoriety, power, and friendship clash in the harshest of measures. Long-standing residents take sides and friendship pays the price. Could power struggles leave this town’s gala in a shambles?

Review of LIKE A BEE TO HONEY by Jennifer Beckstrand

Publisher: Zebra | Published: August 30, 2016 | Formats: eBook, Mass Market, and Audio Book (352 pages) | ASIN: B0190HGU5C, and ISBN: 9781420140248, and (Audio) ASIN: B01KN2YPAU | Series: The Honeybee Sisters | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Zebra

 

Thoughts:

In LIKE A BEE TO HONEY, Jennifer Beckstrand leads us into the happiness that is unfolding for two of the three Christner sisters, known as The Honeybee Sisters. Their little sister, Rose, is not only scared of being alone, her fear intensifies once their livelihood is threatened and their home becomes a target!

Rose Christner has been orphaned, scarred, shy, afraid, and ashamed for most of her life, since her parents died, but soon afterward, more trouble followed her. Rose became a victim of a fiery storm which overtook their community, and it became safer for them to move on than to stay. Now, living in a Wisconsin Amish community, most of this family has grown and thrived, but Rose still carries much of the past within her. She often takes refuge from people inside the Honeybee Farm chores and becomes a friend to the cats when many would shy away from them.

This family thought her past had been dead and buried, but it comes back to life and takes to threatening Rose. Now, happiness takes a back seat to survival for all.

Meanwhile, Josiah Yoder was already a young man when he lost his parents, but this hefty loss had him grow up faster to become a man earlier than most.

His farm is doing well and for the most part, he’s doing great too. Well, that is if you don’t count the fact the woman he has fallen in love with wants nothing to do with him. Josiah tries not to take it too personally though since she does not want much to do with anyone, but he often wonders if she even knows how much she helped him with his grief. Yes, she was young when she lost her family, but she was there for him when he lost his. She knew his pain, and he did not have act strong.

He is willing to wait for her to be comfortable in courting him, but the more he waits, the more she becomes distant. However, once he realizes that Rose has become someone’s target in the harassment which has engulfed the Honeybee Farm, he’s ready to step up for her, her family, and her farm, but first, he must survive those cats!

Cats are actually trying to run him off their farm, but they have not stopped the intruders?

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Jennifer Beckstrand brings to life Rose Christner in LIKE A BEE TO HONEY.

Rose is the youngest, most afraid, and one that will have most walk on eggshells around her of the Honeybee Sisters. She’s skittish to a fault, not strong enough to wilt, and is frequently under-the-weather, but she wants to change. However, she is not going to give anyone her heart. That will only lead to pain, confusion, and fear. She likes the bees on her farm and the honey from the bees, but she stays with the cats and keeps people far away from her.

Is she happy? No. However, she hasn’t been happy since the age of five so this is another day to Rose Christner. She knows what it’s like to be in the middle of something that should never be, and she knows a guilty heart for most of her life. With people comes pain and with pain comes guilt, but she’s had enough of that.

Meanwhile, Josiah Yoder is waiting on Rose. He fell for her a while back, and he has never lost his love for her no matter how afraid she seems to people or how much she pushes them away. As dangerous things start to happen over on the Honeybee Farm, Josiah is not waiting to keep her safe.

If protecting her against her will is risking their future, that is just fine, but he’s not risking her life for anything!

Review of WHO AM I?: Dynamic Declarations of Who You Are in Christ by Mike Shreve

Publisher: Charisma House| Published: July 5, 2016 | Format: eBook and Paperback (256 pages) | ASIN: B017QL5IKC and ISBN: 9781629986692 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Charisma House

Thoughts:

WHO AM I?: Dynamic Declarations of Who You Are in Christ by Mike Shreve is an uplifting, Inspirational read based on the Bible to engage our faith, grow us Spiritually with purpose, and bring us closer to Him.

By remembering our God-given names—through explanations, affirmations, bold prayers, and Scripture references,—we bring into focus that we are His in Christ! To this end, we learn/relearn to see ourselves as we are known to Him, and it will be seen in both inside and outside of us, Whose we are and to Whom we belong.

It is easy to be inundated with problems, images, and scenes, in today’s situations and circumstances, but these are not able to keep hold of us. As we embrace our given names, it will keep us in faith to declare we are His.

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Mike Shreve’s WHO AM I?: Dynamic Declarations of Who You Are in Christ gives bold understanding to the God-given names for us represented through Scripture.

Using Bible references, prayer, affirmations, and understanding, the people of God can navigate today emboldened with faith, facts, and wisdom of being His through Christ with purpose and be confident in this world before we travel to the next.

Review of UNFORGETTABLE, MY LOVE HAS COME ALONG by Ann Marie Bryan

Publisher: Victorious By Design, LLC | eBook Published: August 23, 2012 and Paperback Published: July 31, 2012 | Format: eBook (267 pages) and Paperback (266 pages) | ASIN: B0091NR6XQ and ISBN: 9780985146801 | Origin: Purchased 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Amazon

 

Thoughts:

Ann Marie Bryan’s UNFORGETTABLE, MY LOVE HAS COME ALONG is a chatty romantic, women’s fiction tale based on true events, and with lots of humor, it brings into focus faith, love, family, Jamaican culture, long-distance relationships, and marriage.

I had to chuckle while relating to Annalisa Jones for many reasons, but especially since, at one time, anyone would have thought I was born with a phone to my ear chatting away the hours of life. However, this kind of talent develops over time as Annalisa displays.

For Annalisa, when you live in America and the rest of your family still lives in Jamaica, the telephone becomes a lifeline. Annalisa does have friends and a church family in America, but she grew up in Jamaica and a large part of her heart is still there too. However, she’s rebuffed her family’s matchmaking efforts back home because her life is now in the USA. What good would it do to get involved with a beau from her former homeland?

Family comes to visit Annalisa and brings with them a matchmaking plot launching two against one in the world of love. Once she caves in, she’ll worry that she will soon regret this or that it would cause her pain. However, she chooses not letting this “set up” get far at all.

She will deal with an email or two to keep the peace, but she is set against a long-distance love life. She’s especially thankful when the email never arrives.

Meanwhile, Orane Conway is one man that’s easy to fall in love with, and from knowing Annalisa’s family, this man wants to know a woman who has captured his attention, just by her way a family adores her. Orane is not just looking to meet his next date. He is ready to find commitment, and in today’s world, not everyone is on the same page as he.

But when a simple phone call brings this godly woman to life, he’s mesmerized even more. The problem is that the more they talk the more he’s captured, and the more he wants to things to develop. She’s not afraid to let her feelings out about everything from politics to faith, but he’s wondering if she’d even consider a commitment as she keeps her emotions guarded.

Can faith, family, love, and commitment transcend the boundaries of two countries? Alternatively, will this long-distance attempt leave two people in pain?

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

UNFORGETTABLE, MY LOVE HAS COME ALONG by Ann Marie Bryan’s depicts Annalisa Jones love life as it’s taking a sharp turn right where she didn’t want it to go inside romance!

Annalisa’s wants marriage, but she doesn’t want it enough to marry Mr. Wrong, and she’s praying for a local Mr. Right. Meanwhile, she enjoys her single life living in the USA, but converses all the time with her homeland family and friends in Jamaica. She is firmly set against any homeland dating prospects that her family keeps striving to pitch. After all, what good can come from such a long-distance relationship?

Annalisa’s life is here, and she plans to keep her life planted here with her church family and other friends. In addition, single life is keeping her active and satisfied as best as possible.

As a surprising telephone call arrives, it threatens changes in everything she believed to be true, but could another disaster loom ahead?

Review of THE ARMAGEDDON CODE: One Journalist’s Quest for End-Times Answers by Billy Hallowell

Publisher: Frontline | Published: May 3, 2016 | Formats: eBook, Paperback (224 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B018DWEHOG, ISBN: 978-1629989211, and ISBN (Audio): 978-1633899179 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Frontline

Thoughts:

THE ARMAGEDDON CODE: One Journalist’s Quest for End-Times Answers by Billy Hallowell is in a style that forms by this author’s true journalistic background. In today’s world loaded with cynicism, it is refreshing to see the interviewer stay out of the fracas but be inside the story and not glued to any one approach. I found this read a fascinating educational tool to uncover how believers agree on much and still see things differently.

As the faith editor for theblaze.com, Billy Hallowell’s experience comes through as he investigates a truth which even he understands may not be uncovered all the while defining the differences in theology that stay among Christians worldwide.

Billy Hallowell does not agree nor disagree with these varied responses, but instead, he allows light to shine on how these differences may change interpretation. Whether through a Conservative eye, a Preterist view, or a Premillennialist take on things, many other theological contours lie between the End of Days straight back through The Old Testament.

In many ways, differences abound throughout church history, but the paradigms agree in many areas.

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Using his journalist approach, Billy Hallowell tackles THE ARMAGEDDON CODE: One Journalist’s Quest for End-Times Answers by gathering through interviews all sides of the most debated topics inside Christianity.

Spanning from Old Testament through Revelations, Biblical Scholars may interpret and understand Scriptures differently but leave just as many aspects to remain identical to Christians across the globe.

This author stands back to let thoughts be known and questions remain unanswered all the while he leads many on the same quest of the last days.

Review of LOVE’S BETRAYAL by DiAnn Mills and FAITHFUL TRAITOR by Jill Stengl

Publisher: Barbour Books | Published: August 1, 2016 Formats: eBook and Paperback (320 pages) | ASIN: B01IUO5VC4 and ISBN: 9781634097796 | Origin: NetGalley 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Barbour Books

 

Thoughts:

LOVE’S BETRAYAL by DiAnn Mills transports readers back to 1776 during the patriot battles in our fight for freedom!

This time in our fate encompasses much more than fighters on the field, and the hands behind the scenes leave the readers wondering about our own ancestors. What may they have done to aid the fight when a seemingly everyday young woman of the time is helping?

Delight Butler is walking in Boston with her sister as the Redcoats saunter down their streets as if seeming to have won that right. She’s shifting a bucket in hand trying to keep out of the fray but is on her way to a mission. Not even her family is aware that Delight is as much of this war as their countrymen in the field. Nor do they know the lengths that she will go on her quest for freedom that has the hallmarks of danger and harm coming right to her door.

With the problems the “Redcoats” have created, Delight’s father knows the time has come to move his family from their beloved Boston onto where his brother lives. Strength in numbers helps and friendly hands near them will keep his brood of daughters safe, but the calling that is in his heart is the driving force in the decision. It’s not the matter of if this man will join the fight, but it is most assuredly the matter of when the man will depart. With his wife again expecting, the last thing he has a need for arrives at his door.

While Delight’s father tries to keep himself at home, the Redcoats bring the fight to them. This family forcefully is to care for an injured man under dangerous penalties, and Delight of all of them has the hardest job of all. As her mother’s labor arrives, Delight must keep the hated man alive or risk her family’s future!

Meanwhile, the king’s fighter, named Henry O’Neil is now languishing in a home where he is the enemy and is still heartbroken over the loss of his friend in arms. This man could worry that they would kill him or at least, make him wish they had. Despite his worries, their homage, and his history, Henry O’Neil is smart enough to realize these people are brothers and sisters in faith. However, he has seen enough death around the battlefield to know that brothers will turn against brothers, and he is surely an unwanted man around the rebels.

The woman caring for him despises him, but his days under the same roof have gained her his respect. Enemies they are, but she is beautiful both inside and out. However, this woman would sooner carry her ways to war than allow herself to become aware of the turmoil inside him. His king is her enemy and her beloved is a land of the free that might not ever happen. How will this family and this soldier separate again, as friends or enemies or none and all?

Before these days, FAITHFUL TRAITOR by Jill Stengl gives us the English side of a possible war as a lead up to the major battles.

A king’s man tries to stay the tide from turning toward a war to keep many Loyalists inside New York. Governors come and go while rebels wear cloaks among them. And somehow, things are moving too quick to determine when to stay or when to leave, as the streets of New York by the night have both Rebels and Loyalists lobbying for information to bring to their respective comrades.

However, there a few that can obtain such information while others try to make it appear as if they do.

When an arranged marriage could bring on war closer to home, Georgette Talbot’s doubts multiply, but a cloaked man comes on the scene to make her wonder much differently than intended.

He seems to know much about her life, but she knows nothing about him save for his beautiful French speech.

Then Georgette’s parents suddenly make her fall into a rushed marriage ceremony with a man whose reputation precedes him ten-fold as they are desperate to get back to England fearing the war is on.

Meanwhile, Mr. LaTournay has been interested in Georgette but has longed to wash himself of his past reputation for that colors the talks about town. When he finally does meet the fair lady, his name to her is synonymous with mud on the streets. However, her financially failing father wants her to marry him, and he does want that himself.

He does not wish to have a forced wife. Now, it is up to him to make her want a husband with his past, his present, and his future in spite of the war that is beginning to heat in their city. He wonders though will the real Mr. LaTournay become more suitable for her or will his secrets keep them apart?

These two amazing stories will bring history back to life by mixing romance with dashes of mystery to create a perfect backdrop for these current days!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Boston, in the year 1776, LOVE’S BETRAYAL by DiAnn Mills brings Delight Butler undercover with the Patriots toting messages to and from the citizenry right under the footsteps of their foreign invaders, London’s Redcoats!

After the family moves from Boston, the king’s men force a medical needy soldier into the Butler family to regain his health under threats of what may come if he does not survive. With a brood of girls, Mr. Butler must stay to keep his wife, soon-to-be in labor, and his family safe instead of taking up the fight for what he believes.

He’s a patriot through and through and so is his family.

As a child is born, it is up to Delight Butler to care for an enemy and keep her animosity in check because the lives of her family are on the ledge. However, seeing strength, vulnerability, and faith of this king’s soldier is not making this job much easier. In fact, she’s having trouble keeping out of verbal skirmishes with such a hardheaded but softhearted redcoat!

Also, the bonus historical romance, FAITHFUL TRAITOR by Jill Stengl has more than war inside its pages before the battle lands inside New York, leaving one to ponder. How loyal are all the king’s men?

Review of THE BUTTERFLY BRIDE by Lacy Williams

Publisher: Serenade Books | Published: June 2, 2016 | Format: eBook | ASIN: B01GKH48RM | Series: Lone Star Brides (Book 3) | Origin: Publisher 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Serenade Books

 

Thoughts:

THE BUTTERFLY BRIDE by author Lacy Williams anchors us into a disunited family inside the center of the story just when some brothers and family move into future happiness another stays in fighting mode to deflect the past!

A brother returns to Pecan, Texas under happy circumstances for the rest of the family, but he’s been running from his own tale for so long that he’s still muddied with guilt that heaps on daily.

Luke is keeping a wall of distance between him the rest of the family and imagines getting back on the road since long before he even had arrived in Pecan. Luke Starr can keep up with the bullfighting circuit better than he can dodge Gramma’s attempts to reach out to him. He knows from firsthand experience that physical wounds will heal eventually, but trauma and remorse will leave forever-open lesions that will never mend.

Meanwhile, Jess Sadler is a recent hire in Pecan, Texas as a Special Education teacher and her heart is an open book. Growing up with her sister, Jess has come to appreciate people of all makes and models. Her sister’s history sparked the desire for her profession, and she sees her charges as more than her job. Intending to reach all of her students, she’s engaging in some field trips, but the one child whom she hasn’t been able to reach seems to come to life right in front of her eyes on this last trip. This unexpected spark is making Jess reach for the brass ring on a ranch.

However, first, she needs to do something she has not done before. How could she reach a man who seems to be unreachable for her student’s sake?

As soon as Jess decides to use the direct approach, she realizes the coldness of Luke Starr is hiding a man with a good heart. Not only does he agree, he begins to teach her student how to care for the horses and about their daily routines bringing a glow from both her and her student.

This amazing man transforms a stranger into a wonderful teacher, her student into someone she knew he could be, and a teacher into a woman falling in love, but in a moment, all is lost once her student disappears!

***This opinion is my own.***
 

Preview:

Author Lacy Williams brings the prodigal son home in THE BUTTERFLY BRIDE!

However, Luke Starr has not ever been able to rid himself of the nightmare that happened in high school, since he still lives it today. His bullfighting career keeps him far from Pecan, Texas, but his twin brothers both decided to wed at the same time to cause Luke’s return as grief is bubbling over again inside his heart.

Jess Sadler is settling nicely into Pecan, Texas as a special education teacher, and she is seeing a gradual transformation in her new students. She knew it would take some time to reach them, and her many learning field trips helped too. However, one student seems to be getting farther away despite her efforts, until now.

With such a wonderful sister, Jess’s career came naturally, and to her, this is more than a job. It’s all about reaching her students, teaching her students, and helping her students. Moreover, the one who had grown far away from her left from a field trip with the light in his eyes that she had only dreamed of seeing.

Now, how was she going to speak to a man she had not met before today about opening his ranch, his horses, and his time to a teacher and a boy he didn’t even know?

After the request is made, the challenge is accepted. The wish is granted until the child goes missing then all hope is lost!

 

Review of CLOSE TO HOME: A Chicory Inn Novel – Book 4 by Deborah Raney

Publisher: Abingdon Press | Published: June 7, 2016 | Formats: eBook, Paperback, and Hardcover (304 pages) | ASIN: B0198VL2AS, ISBN: 9781426770463 and 9781501817458 | Series: A Chicory Inn Novel | Origin: NetGalley

Cover: Courtesy of Abingdon Press

 

Thoughts:

Inside CLOSE TO HOME, Deborah Raney pulls us in many different directions and right into the storms of life!

From Bree Cordel Whitman’s angst-ridden, widowed life—years after her husband Timothy Whitman died in Afghanistan, we move to eighty-five-year-old CeeCee’s declining health, and then we slide into life with Drew Brooks as his livelihood unravels. Drew’s financial woe is coming at a time when he was getting serious about getting serious in life and beginning to want love, family, and stable connections.

We start with Bree, as she has managed to connect the past to the present through the entire Whitman family. Bree is again feeling a loss. This time, the loss is as much for her own life as it for her husband. She’s been sidelined but watches these people that she loves like family grow in number and move with grace through their own stories, but Bree’s life remains stuck in neutral. Does getting a new life mean she has to give up her past and her connection to these wonderful people?

On the other hand, does family mean staying together no matter what? Rather than face these questions head-on, Bree decides to walk along the edges of a dating life. What she uncovers is that although a breeze will come and go, it’s the windstorms that can get her lost inside this experiment, leaving her breathless and scared.

She’s been fond of a man at work, and Aaron has not been shy about letting her know that he is wanting more than a working relationship with her. Even while he agrees to keep this relationship quiet, at first, he seems overwhelmingly needy in keeping Bree all to himself. His questions, requests, and demands about her Whitman family relationships lead to the ones that she’s been trying to keep sheltered being exposed to a rocky situation when she tries to tiptoe around their relationship definition.

Meanwhile, Drew Brooks has known the Whitman family for years through his brother Dallas Brooks. Dallas is married to Danae Whitman and is growing in love and family members beside Drew, allowing Drew to do some questioning about his own life.

While Grant and Audrey are keeping up with the Inn and trying to make time for the grandchildren, Grant’s mother CeeCee develops some health issues that have this family nervous enough to make some plans. However, getting CeeCee on board will not be easy!

Family relationships, life, and love doesn’t always move on as planned, but are these family members strong enough to weather these successive major storms or will their foundation crack and crumble to leave stability only in their past?

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

CLOSE TO HOME by Deborah Raney brings light upon a widowed, military wife in a time of grief and trouble. Bree Cordel Whitman hasn’t dated although no one had ever asked her not to, and she’s enjoys the life she has after her husband’s death in Afghanistan.

His family has kept her going at times.

However, she is wishing for the happiness that happens all around her, but she’s afraid she would have to give up a family to move on with her life. Bree does not want to lose them, but she wonders if growing more in love with the Whitman family is keeping her stuck inside the past?

Drew Brooks temporarily works for Whitman family and is back into wondering about Bree. However, he wasn’t ready for her to show up to a family dinner with a man. He thought that he would know when she was ready to date again, after losing her husband. However, he’s at a clear disadvantage to the man with her. This guy has a steady job while Drew is recently unemployed.

Can he await work to find him before asking her out or does he not even stand a chance with a career man standing beside her?

Review of THE THINGS WE KNEW by Catherine West

Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Published: July 12, 2016 | Format: eBook and Paperback (352 pages) | ASIN: B01864DXE6 and ISBN: 9780718078102 | Origin: Author 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Thomas Nelson

 

Thoughts:

THE THINGS WE KNEW by Catherine West launches us into rough waters as we sail through the chaotic life of Lynette Carlisle, daughter of renowned painter Drake Carlisle.

Now, as Lynette tackles work while being the only caregiver to her father during his quick descent into Alzheimer’s disease, his physical and financial needs quickens her pace to unpack her family’s dysfunction while keeping her nightmares at bay!

The large Carlisle family had grown up within grand style inside the luxury life that does exist on the island, as her father’s works had become well known and even appreciated in her lifetime. Her childhood memories are like painted pictures of yachting, private beaches, country clubs, and parties. Alternatively, those same things could be to varying degrees the reasons her family has come unglued.

Most brothers won’t return her calls, a sister barely has time to speak with her, and no one comes to visit their father.

Meanwhile, Lynette’s losing hope, could lose her home, and is trying to survive while her father is wandering off without knowing it. Between the lack of sleep, extra duties, extra hours, and trying to uncover the root behind the horrid nightmare she has been living with in silence, she’s beginning a mental move into a darker space. Her past, a faceless figure, and her deceased mother’s words gnaw at her about something, but the question always ends in the same confusing way. Is something or someone out here that makes her siblings stay out of reach? What or who?

Meanwhile, her father’s drifting has brought a long ago friend back into their life in the middle of the night.

Nicholas Cooper had not seen Lynette in some years, and he certainly wasn’t expecting her to cross his path in this manner. By the time he could comprehend this situation she found herself in, his former attraction to her not only sprang to life but also grew through instant respect. This woman had loved her family enough to put her own life and dreams on hold. He, on the other hand, put his dreams on hold for a totally different family reason.

In the space of a minute, he knew what happened this night connects him to his neighbor on a more tragic course than either spoke of or could connect to each other. Nick doesn’t want it to connect to her out of protection, fear while Lynette wouldn’t even know how their shared history intersects through guilt, and shame so long ago.

As a young man, he couldn’t change anything, but he can help now.

The churning of fame, fortune, and family will carry the Drakes and the Coopers into a riptide driven by their illnesses, pain, anger, and flaws. As family drama crashes into friendship and romance, leading with mystery and suspense, it sends tingles down your spine. You will begin to doubt whether hope is actually alive or on life support and could healing ever be possible.

This author’s masterful use of the combination of setting, tragedy, mystery, and loss along with secrets and grief becomes a women’s fiction tale that you do not want to end, allowing me to recommend this well-crafted read!

***This opinion is my own.***
 

Preview:

Author Catherine West brings together a tragic past and a messy present inside THE THINGS WE KNEW!

Lynette Carlisle sees her past slipping through her fingers at an alarming rate leaving her sad, confused, and woefully overloaded with responsibility. It was over a decade ago that her mother’s death disintegrated any family ties leaving bare threads behind. Most siblings keep far away from their Nantucket roots leaving Lynette alone with her dad, burdened, and confused. Since the age of twelve, she does not remember much about that day, but the faceless fear that plagues her sleep. However, she had tried to dismiss this part of grief away, but there does seem to be something connected to it that has kept her out of reach to her family. What?

Now, she’s in a crisis, and her faith is shaky. Nevertheless, she is learning how not to be so mousy around others. Her father is depending on her to do what needs doing.

What he thought previously was unthinkable had happened. Nicholas Cooper returned home to Nantucket, and though he knew it would be inevitable to face at least one of the Carlisle family members, he was not quite ready to come face to face with Lynette. While growing up she was just a kid sister of a friend, until one day she wasn’t anymore.

After a brief time, he had believed that goodbye would be permanent as he went off to college. Soon, she would leave the island too, and the ocean of reasons why a relationship with her could never happen always held a rough current underneath.

However, this beautiful woman in the early morning hours appeared. Looking ragged and worn, she took away a buffer zone that he believed existed between them. She’s never left the island and her father’s illness seems caught up in the riptide that endangers two families. These two neighbors growing up sharing in so much and in too much all at the same time.

He had to do something about it now, but so much could get in the way.

As lessons are learned, pain burns anew, and healing or forgiveness can seem so out of touch, many question whether a broken family can ever be mended!

 

Review of DEEP SHADOWS (Remnant Book 1) by Vannetta Chapman

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers | Published: ebook June 28, 2016 and paperback July 1, 2016 | Formats: eBook (370 pages) and Paperback (368 pages) | ASIN: B01EBNW67G and ISBN: 9780736966535 | Series: Remnant | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Harvest House Publishers

 

Thoughts:

In DEEP SHADOWS (The Remnant Book 1) by Vannetta Chapman, we are thrown into a futuristic, grim tale that will make us wonder about our dependence on technology! One day, could something like this be our catastrophic fate?

Imagine that you are inside a contemporary, Texas town where today’s phones and entertainment choices plus everything from medical records to medications and the shipping and receiving of groceries supplies suddenly go black. With the creature comforts of electricity, plumbing, and public transportation having ended while electronic components make every new automobile useless. The older car models need gas that fried circuits cannot pump.

Welcome to a modern country thrown backward in time, when air-conditioning was a dream of not that long ago with summer temperatures upon us. These plights aren’t a brownout, blackout, or an inconvenience. This is a permanent condition.

Due to a solar flare, water can run dry, medicine cannot be found, and food supplies quickly dwindle as the senior generations have been here before, but the younger generations are far out of their element. Hostility quickly becomes a way of life. It is almost a modern wild-west story that encompasses the whole country and many others when the a third world is no longer a much-wondered about existence.

It’s here. It’s today. It is in the USA where basic survival is in question!

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Vannetta Chapman’s DEEP SHADOWS (The Remnant Book 1) combines the present with the future inside a Texas town.

When living in this small town, as a single mom, novelist Shelby Sparks feels at home. Yes, everyone knows everyone’s business, but these people are almost an extended family too. Even the man who broke her heart, many years ago, is now considered one of her best friends proving time heals most wounds and moves on for all. Her son, Carter, will soon graduate high school and head off to college.

Life in Abney, Texas is as it’s always been and getting better even still, until everything changes.

An unusual dance along the evening sky would be beautiful if it wasn’t a deadly encounter for everyone below.

Max Berkman is a lawyer inside his hometown, where he relocated years before to re-find the peace he’d been missing. His law firm cases are not all that complicated, but they do show some of the lesser aspects of the human condition at times, never letting him forget why he moved back to Abney, Texas.

While hiking with his friends and the special woman that he lost a long time ago, something magical happens. To see the aurora borealis from a mountain range is both humbling and awe-inspiring, but the Shelby Sparks reaction is far from a faith encounter. The fear radiating from her puts him into a protective mode that only grows once the explosions start. With a friend whose military training has never left him, they dare to make it home.

More explosions bring a war-torn feel to their excursion as the deep shadows of trouble are getting wider by the minute. Just as these friends are beginning to realize their would might be forever changed, some desperate people take up desperate measures.

Do they all have the faith and the will to survive? Alternatively, will faith and survival collide bringing them closer to death?

 

Review of ABC’s OF CHRISTIANITY: An Outline for Living in the “Now” and Relating to God by Terdema Ussery

Publisher: FaithWords | Published: June 28, 2016 | Formats: eBook and Hardcover (164 pages) | ASIN: B013CATP7I and ISBN: 9781455537808 | Origin: NetGalley

 

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/terdema-ussery/abcs-of-christianity/9781455537792/

Cover: Courtesy of FaithWords

 

Thoughts:

ABC’s OF CHRISTIANITY: An Outline for Living in the “Now” and Relating to God by Terdema Ussery is a beautifully plain teaching tool. It serves not only the new believer in singles or in groups but also serves a current believer wanting/needing to look back with fresh eyes on the most fundamental principles of Christianity and enthusiastically knowing God.

As a new believer, we are steeped into the most basic belief of Jesus, His Word, and His life, but as a child grows so does our understanding of faith in Jesus. However, within different denominations come different systems and different ways, but the basics are always the same. It’s easy to see that throughout all of Christianity, these roots are solid.

With Scripture and simple explanations, those new beginnings can be revisited, and a new mind will be enriched.

This was a refreshing reminder of the days of learning Christianity. However, don’t be surprised if even the most versed in this faith come away with a new perspective or an ever increased desire to spread His Word by using this resource. Maybe you’ll find a whole new beginning from within your current faith age and marvel the way I did over how simple the belief in Him is, can be, and will always be, and how we can earnestly know Him.

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Terdema Ussery provides the most simple blueprint of belief inside the ABC’s OF CHRISTIANITY: An Outline for Living in the “Now” and Relating to God.

This author brings faith in Jesus to life with ease and gives the doctrines without stories or specified Bible versions appointed. Through Scripture references found in any Biblical app, site, or paper Bible, anyone can learn or relearn the basics and actively know God.

 

 

 

Author Interview/Showcase: Beth Wiseman author of MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

 

Author Bio:

Beth Wiseman is best known for her Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan Amish series. Having sold over 1.5 million books, her novels have held spots on multiple bestseller lists, and she has been the recipient of many prestigious literary awards. Beth is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing into the year 2019, and she has published fourteen novels and sixteen novellas to date.

Beth has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas including Christian contemporary romance novels and novellas. Need You Now, The House that Love Built, The Promise and A Tide Worth Turning are some of these recent releases.

Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying the country life in Texas with three dogs and a rooster. When she’s not writing, Beth loves to travel, paint, and enjoy time with friends and family. You can find Beth and her books at her website BethWiseman.com, Fans of Beth Wiseman on Facebook where she interacts with readers, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bethwiseman.

 

Interview/showcase:

Paula: What prompted you to write A Surf’s Up Novella series?

Beth: I think that most authors feel a need to venture into other areas after writing in a genre for a long time. I love writing about the Amish folks, but I’ve also welcomed the opportunity to step out of the genre to try some new things. Need You Now, The House that Love Built, and The Promise were all non-Amish books that are based in Texas, and I’m blessed that my readers followed me into unknown waters. The Surf’s Up novellas are extensions of my desire to offer readers a variety of books. And these beach stories are fun to write! 

Paula: Please tell us about your newly released Novella. 

Beth: In Message In A Bottle, Kyle loses the love of his life when girlfriend, Morgan, is whisked away by the CIA in the middle of the night. Almost six years later, two men show up at Kyle’s door with news that he has a daughter who is ill. Her only chance of survival lies with Kyle, if he’ll fly to an undisclosed island location in the Pacific. But reuniting with his first love and saving his daughter places his engagement to his fiancée, Lexie, at risk. In a seemingly no win situation, God has a way of working things out for the good of all, even if the players can’t foresee His plan.  

Paula: Did you come up with the characters or the story first?

Beth: My stories percolate in my mind for a long time, and then the characters begin to show up. One by one, they introduce themselves and explain the roles they will be playing in the book. By the time I start typing, I usually know my characters fairly well. But all the fun is in the surprises they have in store for me—and the readers. And there are always visitors along that way demanding a role in the story too.

Paula: Would you give some insights into your main characters and why those characters are central to this story?

Beth: In most of my stories, I have a female protagonist, but in Message In A Bottle, Kyle is my main character. He is the one who must choose between his first love and his daughter, or his current fiancé. Morgan was his first love, and prior to her disappearance, she and Kyle let temptation guide them into an intimacy that would produce a child—Emma. Although Kyle never knew he had a daughter. Morgan has closed off her heart to love after being devastated by losing Kyle, due to the nature of her father’s job in the CIA. Lexie, Kyle’s current fiancé, is keeping a secret from Kyle, but they are in love, and she plans to tell him the truth, even if it means losing him. Morgan and Lexie are both good people, so Kyle wonders how he can bridge the troubled waters of his past and present ?

Paula: Do you enjoy writing the contemporary tales as much as the Amish works?

Beth: Yes, I do. I’m blessed to be able to alternate between Amish and non-Amish stories, and I think this helps me keep my ideas fresh. After I leave Amish Country, I’m read to hit the beach in the Surf’s Up novellas, and vice versa after I complete one of my beach stories.

Paula: Where can readers find you online?

Beth: My website is almost always up-to-date, and there you can read the first chapter of all of my books—a true ‘try before you buy’ system. And you can also sign up for my newsletter (which I only send once a month) at my website. I spend lots of time at Fans of Beth Wiseman on Facebook, and I’m on Twitter.

Paula: Can you tell us two fun summer activities you enjoy when you are not writing?

Beth: Reading a book at the beach is my number one, so it’s not really a surprise that I’m writing beach novellas for the Surf’s Up series. My husband and I also enjoy riding our Mule (not the four-legged kind) around on the back roads in Texas where we live. There are all kinds of wildlife to see—Longhorns, jackrabbits, foxes, bobcats, bunnies, owls, and more. But what also makes the journey so fun is the Mexican restaurant that we can get to by taking the back roads. Our guests usually request this trip when they visit. Although by July and August, our Texas temperatures can make that a hot journey.

Paula: Where do you find the recipes that appear in your Novellas?

Beth: The recipes in my Amish books have been provided to me courtesy of my Amish friends. For A Tide Worth Turning (another Surf’s Up novella), I had to research online for authentic Australian recipes. However, Message In A Bottle is longer than my other novellas, so there are not any recipes in this novella. I felt like more words were needed to provide the happily-ever-after ending that I think readers have come to expect from my stories. Each Surf’s Up novella takes the reader to a beach locale. I’d hate to let a spoiler slip, but here is a hint as to where my characters go in Message In A Bottle . . . Aloha! 🙂 

Paula: What are your favorites in both foods and desserts?

Beth: On my headstone, it will probably read The Cheese Got Her In the End . . . LOL. I think everything should have cheese on it, and I love all different kinds. I’m also crazy about Mexican food and Italian food (lots of cheese!). And no surprise, I love cheesecake for dessert. But I’m also all about anything chocolate!

Paula: What is on the horizon for you now?

Beth: I am working on book #3 in the Amish Secrets series. This book isn’t titled yet but it follows behind Her Brother’s Keeper and Love Bears All Things, the latter releasing this October. I’ll also be starting a novella that will be included in a collection with Ruth Reid, Kelly Irvin, and Amy Clipston—An Amish Christmas Love—soon. And I’ll be writing more of the Surf’s Up novellas. I’m blessed to be busy! Thank you so much for having me here at your blog. 

Paula: I enjoyed your visit, and I can’t wait to read Message in a Bottle

 

Available at: Amazon

 

 

BLURB:

One man. Two women. A child desperate for medical treatment. How can Kyle choose between the woman he once loved and his current fiancée? Is there a solution that suits all involved, or will someone end up out of the triangle forever?

Morgan Calhoun and her parents are whisked away in the middle of the night, something Morgan always knew was a possibility because of her father’s CIA job. But she’d always thought if such a scenario played out that she would have time to say goodbye to those she loved—particularly her boyfriend, Kyle. Adding to her unbearable situation, several weeks after the move, Morgan finds out that she’s pregnant.

Kyle Brossmann doesn’t even get a break-up letter from Morgan. She’s just gone, along with her parents. His heart broken, Kyle continues with his plans. He graduates from high school and attends college, where he meets his fiancée, Lexie. But two men visit Kyle and encourage him to travel to an undisclosed location, where he will meet his five-year-old daughter. Rocked by the news that he has a child, Kyle learns he is the only person who might be able to save his daughter’s life.

Will Kyle choose his first love and his daughter? Or will he stay with Lexie and live the life they’ve been planning?

Each Surf’s Up novella takes the reader to a beach locale, weaving romance and adventure into a soul-soothing journey of hope.

 

Review of THE HEART ANSWERS by Colleen Coble

Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Published: June 14, 2016 | Format: Paperback – Reprint Edition (224 pages) | ISBN: 9780529103444 | Series: Wyoming Series | Origin: NetGalley

Cover: Courtesy of Thomas Nelson

Thoughts:

In a reprint edition of THE HEART ANSWERS by Colleen Coble, we slide back into the past and travel with an unhappy family, but while mother and daughter still grieve the loss of husband and father, they are destitute. It’s when this mother decides to keep the family together through a marriage of convenience that we get to really uncover Jessica DuBois.

To live a life of wealth only to end up poor is more than Jessica is able to handle. She’d already gone from an orphanage to a family and isn’t ready for what her mother has planned.

Meanwhile, Reverend Clay Cole meets up with trouble and ends up saving the lives of travelers going his way, but the beautiful woman known as Jessica is someone who Clay feels needs to find humility and discipline while losing her harsh tone. It’s 1867 and in Wyoming you won’t find an easy life. The land is rough, and the work is hard. This woman needs to take off her gloves and earn her keep.

Her lack of faith is as clear as the manipulative games she plays. His lessons for her will be just as transparent.

Once things are not going according to her will, Jessica’s finding out that beauty isn’t everything while Reverend Clay Cole is holding onto some bitter memories of his own. Clay brings people to faith and believes he has His ways in mind, but somewhere, he may have lost His ways inside his own heart.

Can these two put their differences aside for a child in need? Will placing trust in her cause anyone harm?

***This opinion is my own.***
 

Preview:

THE HEART ANSWERS by Colleen Coble, begins inside a fort during the year 1867 and soon after a beloved husband and father dies.

While her uncle is willing to marry her mother, Jessica DuBois is far from ready to become part of a family she will never like or could ever endure. What Jessica needs is a man to keep her inside the life she’s grown accustomed to and will get her back to Boston and civilized society. Her choices are limited, but when a handsome stranger comes to help ladies in distress, she sets her target. 

However, Reverend Clay Cole believes he already knows Jessica DuBois, but as more tragedy strikes, he’s doubting a family’s relationship with this woman could have gotten them any worse.

But is he wrong?

 

Review of THE CARE EFFECT: Unleashing the Power of Compassion by David Crosby

Publisher: New Hope Publishers | Published: May 9, 2016 | Formats: eBook  and paperback (176 pages) | ASIN: B01E0MHFII and ISBN: 9781596694712 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of New Hope Publishers

 

Thoughts:

THE CARE EFFECT: Unleashing the Power of Compassion by David Crosby is about a Christian Ministry based on the Great Commandment of love thy neighbor. It all begins with this author’s early life inside a church planting family but quickly leads into the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath. From inside New Orleans to Papua New Guinea, this author demonstrates who is thy neighbor, where to find your neighbor, and how this is all made clear through the Good Samaritan and other Scripture readings.

Author David Crosby brings us to the point where we must reflect on charity, ministry, and good works, through the questions at the end of each section, and we’ll learn where we are in helping our neighbor. How can we and our church family do better? And most importantly, are we doing these good works for human accolades or for so much more?

An inspiring and vinegary read where we’ll learn more about our own mindset on helping all in need rather than doing just what is comfortable for us. Are we crossing on the other side to avoid the scene before us, or are we moving in to help even when helping means putting down our own barriers?

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Inside THE CARE EFFECT: Unleashing the Power of Compassion by David Crosby is a Christian Ministry based on the Great Commandment. Love thy neighbor is simultaneously taught and learned through pastors, sponsors, tragedy, resilience, and experience.  

In many ways, during Hurricane Katrina and afterward, people stepped forward without regard to themselves to aid those in need, but also, daily life will demonstrate when we all must ask ourselves who is really our neighbor? What can we do to help? 

The lessons learned travel around the globe to aid and move past the uncomfortable barriers to keep The Great Commandment consistent, real, and without partiality.

 

Review of TANGLED LIES by Connie Mann

Publisher: Waterfall Press | Published: May 24, 2016 | Format: eBook (322 pages), Paperback (322 pages), and Audio CD | ASIN: B0194UEDEK, ISBN: 9781503934764, and Audio ISBN: 9781522613428 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Waterfall Press

 

Thoughts:

Will a cancer victim’s search for answers end up in a manhunt or will everything spiral out of control long before the police take a hard look?

TANGLED LIES by Connie Mann jolts us into twisting story just when Captain Sasha Petrov’s carefree life isn’t going along as she expects while the man that she works for becomes more vengeful by the minute inside a bad break up.

With her own reason for returning home to Safe Harbor, Sasha’s foster-mother’s sixtieth birthday was the perfect time to make her great escape. However, the problem with actually doing it was that her unattached lifestyle included her foster family, and she had to mend broken fences from her high school years to be there.

So be it. She will do this.

But had she not been detached from this loving family, she would’ve learned long ago about Mama Rosa’s cancer and how other treatments didn’t work. She wouldn’t have walked in on these experimental cancer treatments and the desperate wishes of her possibly dying foster-mother with a desire that goes up against her foster-father’s request.

What should she do now?

In the meantime, out of prison and in need of a new start and a bit of cash, Jesse Claybourne drives back into Safe Harbor with a boat that can win the race with a large purse attached to it. While he expected the looks that boats like The Painted Lady would get, he didn’t count on the animosity and hatred for his background infecting his hometown.

He never gave thought to all of this until the residents make it clear he’s not wanted here. In fact, he’s asked to leave. If he could, he would, and he’ll plan to go until he sees the one woman from his high school days who penetrated his heart.

However, she wasn’t one to get into long-term thoughts and planning, but will she be among those who don’t want him around or will their shared past still bind them together?

 

***This opinion is my own.***
 

Preview:

In TANGLED LIES, Connie Mann beings two people with a troubled past back together, but each of them have their own secrets with their own reasons for being back in Safe Harbor.

However, the woman with a sick family member and what could be a possibly dying wish needs help, and since many in the community don’t want Captain Sasha Petrov poking around in this town’s horrific past, he is the only one she can turn to.

Jesse Claybourne enjoyed growing up inside Safe Harbor and getting to know Captain Sasha Petrov and her family. Upon hearing of Mama Rosa’s illness he had to go and pay respects to such a loving family. But just seeing the master of cut and run, Sasha Petrov, quickly toyed with his emotions, and his willpower to ditch the town as soon as possible. When Sasha runs into similar troubles as his own, his protective instincts take hold.

She needs his help, and he needs her in his life.

Will they find the answer to Mama Rosa’s desperate wish without tearing apart an entire family? Or will this family survive and leave the hearts of Sasha and Jesse shredded in the process?

 

 

 

Review of THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES: An End Times Novel by Jerry B. Jenkins

Publisher: Worthy Publishing | Publishes: May 31, 2016 | Formats: eBook (336 pages), Paperback, and Audio | ASIN: B017AE1YBM, ISBN: 9781617950087, and Audio CD ISBN: 9781633896215 | Origin: NetGalley

 

                                      Cover: Courtesy of Worthy Publishing

 

Thoughts:

THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES: An End Times Novel by Jerry B. Jenkins leads us into a not too far-fetched tale starring the drought ridden and abandoned state of California where the inhabitants that can go nowhere else are stuck.

When most people are long gone, some cared enough to stay, and these doers provide for those inside a wasteland when others refused. Ezekiel (Zeke) Thorppe, Doc, and Pastor Bill along with many others bring medical help, food, and the richness of water without profit or gain along with His word to give hope.

However, all are not accepting of not for profit ideals as others are in this mess of a place to make money and wreak havoc. Tension quirks up as they know who to avoid, but it’s the avoiding that becomes more dangerous once terrorism looms.

Who is guilty?

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Jerry B. Jenkins writes THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES: An End Times Novel to include a current day dilemma in a fictional theme of abandonment by a nation and those left to fend for themselves.

In the wake of a political storm and a presidential bid, those left, after a declaration that the entire state of California is a disaster area, are no longer protected by the laws of the United States as only a scant military presence will stay.

The remnants are eclectic in background, values, and ancestry, but while they fight to survive, the California desert can make enemies out of friends as insults hover over helping hands when a government detects a terrorist threat.

But who is the threat?

 

Review of PERILOUS JUDGMENT: A Real Justice Thriller by Dennis Ricci

Publisher: Waterfall Press | Published: May 17, 2016 | Formats: eBook (496 pages), Paperback, and Audio | ASIN: B0188IN0OI, ISBN: 9781503934771, and Audio ASIN: B01E0I26UE | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Amazon 

 

 

Thoughts:

Inside Dennis Ricci’s PERILOUS JUDGMENT: A Real Justice Thriller, we are shoved into a political headliner within the Federal courts to become ensnared in a tug-of-war where law, justice, and corruption battle together in two different countries. On either side of the border, whoever gets in the way receives a death sentence, as we can’t put this book down!

Federal District Judge Edward Lamport enjoys his courtroom, stirs up his counterparts, and understands the laws, but his court calendar is stalled as one decision led to another landing this immigration case before him. His decision isn’t yet made, but Los Angeles gangs already promise to end his life before he ends his case, but that’s just the flash point of this tale.

Would anyone be happy with his answer? The inclusion of the US Marshals into this Judge’s daily life, a bullet proof vest, and a gun with attached lessons on shooting to kill tells us not a chance.

While some of our current day news stories will become even more startling causing a host of different questions needing answers, a call from Mexico throws us into a deadfall within the Mexican side of Lamport’s family. This has all become even more personal to a son of the judge.

Edward Lamport needs to break this particular news to his wife, and while peril can, on a daily basis, infiltrate the Federal court system, the real pitfall comes as she is to learn that her husband neglected to tell all about his family ties. And this quicksand might just have the making of his end in so many other ways. Families on both sides of the Mexican border have a share of double trouble that attaches them.

Who can he trust?

When this handpicked judge goes to the “right” side for help, things will only grow worse. What is the honorable judge willing to do or could he run out of time just as he tries to decide?

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Dennis Ricci’s PERILOUS JUDGMENT: A Real Justice Thriller reaches inside the life of a Federal judge and into his court calendar where danger breeds. 

The Honorable Edward Lamport has backstroked within the waters of controversy during his stay, and he understands that many dislike him and his decisions. For the most part, Edward takes the death threats with a shrug—as it is almost built-in to the job description—and it wasn’t as if he didn’t know the possible dangers, threats, and news assaults as a Federal judge because he did. Despite these things, Edward Lamport took the Federal District bench with the full support of his loving wife.

It wasn’t until a call for help reached him from Mexico did this judge realize just how fast a family secret could change everything.

From love and marriage to children and work, everything gets upended, and his cards lay bare on the table. This pain his wife feels cuts through him, but it was a pain that would’ve come much earlier had he’d done the right thing and told her.

Now with lives depending on his openness, he will be the father that he never was and help his son even while everything on this day comes with a cost.

Meanwhile, Carlos considers himself happy with the life that was provided for him. He goes to work and wants to do a great job. In fact, he has done so, and he has been granted even more responsibility. This is when he discovers what is really going on behind the scenes in Mexico’s largest bank and the corruption it fuels through a money-laundering on two sides of the Mexican border. In the scope of his job responsibilities, he has also uncovered the accountability of corruption. It begins at the top and filters through some of Mexico’s government offices. 

Carlos needs to keep this trouble away from his mother’s doorstep, but he tells her cryptically for her own safety before he goes on the run.

Will Carlos make it to the United States border alive? 

 

Review of RESTORED by Tanya Eavenson

Publisher: Clean Reads | Published: February 10, 2016 | Format: eBook | ASIN: B01BNSZBEM Series: Unending Love | Origin: Author 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Amazon

Thoughts:

In RESTORED by Tanya Eavenson, real life decisions blend seamlessly with fiction to lift us into a deeper meaning of love and loss along with a true appreciation of love’s depth.

The phases of life, love, and death are brought about by this author in a romance that moves from trust and forgiveness to unconditional and satisfying to terrifying but committed with life-changing decisions, roles, and acceptance hanging in the balance.

An old love with no hope and new fears brings forth a story with endearing characters, strong family, and undying faith in a fantastic read!  

To fall in love for a second time isn’t even a desire as grief still encompasses Elizabeth Roberts. In fact, she tells an old flame that a friend is all she needs and wants.  Although, her husband, Chris died four years ago, the grief for her and one of his sons is still raw as it was early on.

Meanwhile, Dr. Steven Moore is usually the one fighting to save lives, but he’s out of time, out of options, and just wants to fulfill a promise he made to Elizabeth’s husband. Yes, he loves her, and yes, he wanted a future for them. But cancer has taken hold destroying any possibilities of living that dream, but it hasn’t taken his love for her.

While she’s unsure of his intentions, what she doesn’t know will remain a secret. How could their past ever be restored when their future is over?

***This opinion is my own.***
 

 

Preview:

RESTORED by Tanya Eavenson brings two old flames together under the worse of circumstances where the pain of the past is still alive and the death of a future has just begun.

Dr. Steven Moore is ready to die. With a diagnosis of cancer, he’s not able to give his old love himself, but he can give her a better life. Of course, things could have been taken care of behind the scenes, but he needs to see her. He wants to take some new memories away to bring with him into his last days. However, once she makes the declaration that a friend is what she needs, he’s faced with a new set of problems and a desire not to bring her more pain.

He had been selfish because it may have been trying to be just her friend before, but he won’t be her dying friend. She doesn’t need any more pain.

For Elizabeth Roberts, today is just like yesterday.

When her husband, Chris, died just four years ago, her faith struggled, her finances tanked, and she was scared. Things for her are just as bad at the present time. To see this man before her only adds to everything she’s been through. Her old boyfriend can’t get more than what she can give. Elizabeth is still in love with Chris and can’t be expected to pick up where this prior relationship left off before her husband entered her picture.

However, things have seemed off with her old flame, but maybe this newly defined friendship could be what they both need to get on the right path. Maybe he just needs a friend too.

Could they be there for each other?

 

Review of SINS OF THE PAST by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers | Published: May 3, 2016 Formats: eBook, Paperback, and Hardcover (384 pages) | ASIN: B01CRHOTE6, ISBN: 9780764217975, and ISBN: 9780764217982 |  Origin: NetGalley 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Bethany House Publishers

 

Thoughts:

SINS OF THE PAST by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason drops us readers inside three different stories of romantic suspense that keeps us reading late into the night. These tales have us falling in love with the characters while struggling to stay calm in their darkest moments! You’ll discover the heroes and heroines of Missing, Shadowed, and Blackout are all so real . . .

In Dee Henderson’s Missing, we will run into a scenario where we’d all have complete and utter dread.

A Sheriff’s mother goes missing, but it’s been hours since anyone had even seen her. With not enough cameras and little to no sightings or information, the most logical suspects would be John Graham’s arrests from his past career as an undercover cop inside the Chicago Police Department. The clock ticks and leads dry up, but will they find her in time? Or could the next body be hers?

Fall in love with the Sheriff and the Lieutenant while they run out of options!

Afterward, we’ll travel to Alaska in Shadowed by Dani Pettrey to meet a smart and engaging charter fisherman who has come home from where he used to be to where he loves to be, after having learned some lessons along the way.

This young man knows firsthand that weather isn’t all that Alaska deals with. In fact, even when summer is upon his state, the cold war still runs deep in the cold waters between two countries, and these frenemy nations come together from time to time to make good public relations or Olympic Gold while trust stays at a minimum.

On an odd weather day, one American open-water swimming competitor hires Ben McKenna’s charter, and all goes well, until a floater is found. It doesn’t take long for his passenger to recognize the dead woman. Her past with this Russian swimmer had “run afoul” long ago. Can what’d happened back in college days have followed her here? Will she be next?

It’s not easy to fall in love when someone is out there waiting to pounce, but we’ll end up hoping it can happen even as we follow them into danger!

But inside Lynette Eason’s Blackout, we are not far from home, but we are very far from safety.

It only took one dead brother-in-law to let her know she couldn’t get anymore help. His help led to his death and to her guilt over her sister’s loss. Now, this young woman stays away from friends, family, and relationships. It’s not those precious memories that she can’t find that are the problem, but the danger to her and those around her is the very fact that she just might recall. What doesn’t someone want her to remember?

As an EMT, Macey Adams provides help to others, but even the police detective living next door isn’t someone she would ask for assistance. If he comes too close, he’d be a dead man, but one man’s jail release is about to unleash more danger than ever before. Now, this detective lands in the middle of it all. He wants answers, but can she give them? He may want so much more, but can she allow this?

The pages move fast and we’ll wish for love to stay warm once fire melts her cold heart, but once danger chills them, will their love survive or will more pain follow?

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Inside SINS OF THE PAST uncover stories of romantic suspense!

Dee Henderson’s Missing, begins as a Wyoming sheriff, John Graham, goes back to Chicago. It’s not a happy occasion. His elderly mother went missing, and his concern is that his past has caught up to both of them. Will he ever see her alive again?

Shadowed by Dani Pettrey brings on danger once Ben McKenna pulls a body from the waters of Alaska. Ben has more than an international incident on his hands as the victim’s identity is clear. A top, Russian, open-water swimming star is gone, but was there more to her life than most know? Could she have been a spy?

In Lynette Eason’s Blackout, a surprise visit turned deadly, and the memory block it left made walls of scar tissue around Macey Adams heart. Will she remember what she’s missing before someone else she cares about meets their end? Or will she die first while just trying to remember?    

 

 

Review of LAST PROMISE by Scarlett Dunn

Publisher: Zebra (Kensington) | Published: April 26, 2016 | Format: eBook (352 pages), and Mass Market Paperback, (352 pages) | ASIN: B0138NH9SG and ISBN: 9781420138931 | Series: The McBride Brothers | Origin: NetGalley 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Kensington Publishing Corp

Thoughts:

In this last of The McBride Brothers series, LAST PROMISE by Scarlett Dunn, you’ll uncover an intriguing Christian tale not only pulling you toward the edgy side in the early Western culture of both language and actions but also into a romance of opposites! You’ll find a runaway Brit. and a play and go cowboy seem to connect, but will someone keep them from sealing the deal?

Luke McBride is a churchgoing man possessing a tough and tumble personality exuding charm to capture the ladies. An easygoing manner puts him at ease with the unabashed saloon doves he dares to visit, the town folk, and those single women scrambling for a marriage match. However, unlike his brothers, Luke keeps himself far away from a lasso of wedded bliss, shotgun or otherwise. In fact, the town’s women seem all too aware that he’s a player.

Meanwhile, British heiress Mary Ann Hardwicke is on the run from an arranged marriage where love never enters the frame. She takes a desperate leap of faith to the only place in America where she holds a connection. Mary Ann is sure that trouble may follow her, and her uncle must know. She will be honest for safety sake.

Her unescorted travels had led her into a host of situations to arrive in a West that’s wilder than she had ever heard. Stepping off the stagecoach, she discovers a man with two flirtatious women on his arms, but in a matter of one minute, the same cowboy has fists and names flying in a street brawl.

Now, she’s beginning to wonder. Was her travel here one big mistake? It only takes another few minutes for Mary Ann to walk into the beautiful hotel that her uncle owns, and she begins to calm as she takes in the elegance she’s at once surrounded with and had been accustomed to.

Will he let her stay? Or will a danger that is sure to arrive cost him just too much?

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

LAST PROMISE by Scarlett Dunn brings one British lady and one wild sided cowboy in close proximity only to find that his playing ways have not a chance with this woman’s heart.

Her background has made her sure it’s love or nothing in her life, and since love will not be, she’s fine alone.

Circumstances may change but not all people can follow. Maybe Luke McBride has met the one, but maybe that one woman could never be his. While faith has found Luke, his lifestyle may reflect something else and while the British heiress, Mary Ann Hardwicke, has found a place she wants to call home, maybe it’s a home not meant to be.

When family, faith, and change blend together, will two opposites unite as one? Or does her trouble mean a whole lot more pain than she had ever imagined?

 

Review of PARIS IN OAKLAND by Eliza Q. Hemenway

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | Published: March 18, 2016 | Format: Paperback (102 pages) | ISBN: 9781519578518 | Origin: Author

 

Cover: Courtesy of goodreads

 

Thoughts:

Eliza Q. Hemenway yanks us into a true David and Goliath size battle in PARIS IN OAKLAND. For her daughter, Katherine, she routinely goes up against doctors, hospitals, medical facilities, and insurance claims all because of Lyme disease. Faith will be tested. To just keep her daughter out of pain and very much alive, quite literally, this mother advocates in every sense of the word.

In reading Katherine’s story, the tension mounts quick, and like the tick that started us down this path, the issues that this insect created just won’t let us go.

We’ve all had to fight battles for those we love, but to watch, as this mother did, a child suffer but receive no help to inadequate help is something happening right out of today’s headlines, but it was happening long before today and will continue to occur. Surreal medical deadlocks with bulging bureaucracies are decreasing the healing odds while anger, sadness, hope, tears, and bedside dangers blend together as we go inside PARIS IN OAKLAND.

However, this author isn’t just showing us her journey. She’s moved back the curtains exposing a mother’s pain hidden in layers to help others who struggle with Lyme disease, and she makes us watch the opposite sides of medical schools of thought when it comes down to this or that doctrine versus the patient in heartrending ways. This is not a pretty sight. This author states plainly, the lack of awareness, understanding, treatment, and help doesn’t just happen in her doctor offices, her hospitals, or her labs. These are all systemic issues inside the treatment of Lyme disease that costs patients so very much including their lives.

Where there is a tick, Lyme disease will not be far away, and a battle will come to life inside the host person once a tick enters. This battle plus a different type of war will take place in every medical office that this patient host enters, and every day this continues to happen as every bit of silence keeps this war moving forward.

PARIS IN OAKLAND by Eliza Q. Hemenway is a book that I truly recommend.

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

In PARIS IN OAKLAND, Eliza Q. Hemenway treads a road of hope and pain on the hunt of a treatment of Lyme Disease for her daughter, Katherine.

Katherine’s story is not an outlier in a nightmare no one would face inside the Lyme Disease pathway. In fact, it’s the ordeal that many have dealt with, continue to battle, and some are just yet beginning to wish they could make it go away. However, a turf war happening inside the medical community over Lyme is far from over and each patient comes face to face with horrific situations where hope and faith are on the edge of pain and despair.

When a mother wants her child to live life without the painful torment of Lyme disease, having no knowledge of the controversy that surrounds this diagnosis, she is thrown into an unthinkable position inside the medical community. The battles of doctrine trample over the patient on the table paving a road to lack of hope, lack of support, and lack of understanding.

Can faith remain or will the falter of hope lead to life or death?

Review of THE SOLID ROCK (Hymns of the West Book 5) by Faith Blum

Publisher: Faith Blum | Published: March 26, 2016 | Formats: eBook (261 pages and Paperback (418 pages) | ASIN: B01CWCDBJK and ISBN: 9781530400324 | Series: Hymns of the West | Origin: Author 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Faith Blum

Thoughts:

In THE SOLID ROCK (Hymns of the West Book 5) by Faith Blum, we are dropped into a tale when a Pinkerton detective goes missing, but he’s not the first man to disappear from inside Cheyenne. This Western comes steeped in suspense to combine faith and God’s Word in some of these characters but not all. Good versus evil and light versus dark collide often between these pages keeping you reading and guessing what comes next!

This missing gentleman’s daughter, Elizabeth, goes the only route she is sure to help, and it’s to the place her father belongs.

Meanwhile, Joshua Brookings has become a too famous Pinkerton detective who took some needed time off. The decisions he has to make are weighing heavily on him, but his freedom has only made him sure of what path to follow when he is summoned by Mr. William Pinkerton.

Joshua’s skills can save a man, but his heart and soul can lose much in the process. However, his friend needs him, and he will go. An unseen danger, a friend in need, and a daughter left alone await Joshua’s arrival, but confusion turns into mystery and suspense with nighttime visitors, a hidden office with notes, and questions that surround most of the people he meets.  

The missing man left instructions and a who can you trust list, leaving Joshua with more questions than answers.

Can Joshua solve the crime, save this life, and keep himself together or will this be the crime he can’t solve and the life he can’t save before coming unglued?

Does romance dominate in this mission or does it go further than this?

Throughout the west of the 1800’s, God’s Word wasn’t a part of the criminal’s plan, and the upright people who held to their morals could be torn apart by the rougher people, terrain, and elements like never before to sink them lower than they ever imagined.   

Can faith endure and will love win the day or will pain and loss follow as a result of this criminal element that’s so much closer than anyone could guess? 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

THE SOLID ROCK by Faith Blum is the standalone fifth book of the Hymns of the West series where you’ll uncover Joshua Brookings still is a Pinkerton Detective.

The mission seems almost too simple, at first, but Mr. William Pinkerton believes foul play is afoot in Cheyenne! Brookings is to find the man, help him solve the case, and go back to his own life, and he plans to do just that.  

Getting to the location brought back some good and bad memories, but Joshua wasn’t going to stay in those thoughts. He was preparing his mind for the case as he knew it to be, and he began to focus on some of his own questions.  How could any case take ten years and still be in progress? Knowing the Pinkerton detective only makes it more incredible since if Mr. Edward Harris could have solved it, he would have.  

Now, he began to wonder about the man who hired Mr. Harris. What did they really know about him?

But once at the Harris home, Joshua sees the extensive notes left by Edward that makes him realize just how simple this case will not be, and he realizes the only way to find Edward Harris is go undercover.

The last time Joshua did this, it nearly took his sanity and risked his faith, but knowing Edward Harris and his daughter, he needed to find his friend and set things right. Yes, even if he loses himself in the process by drowning in the sinking sand despite his best intentions, he will do this.

However, the dangerous people that come into focus make it less likely that either Mr. Harris or Joshua Brookings will end up unscathed!

 

 

Review of HER SMALL-TOWN ROMANCE by Jill Kemerer

Publisher: Love Inspired | eBook Published: April 1, 2016 and Paperback Published: March 22, 2016 | Format: eBook and Paperback (224 pages) | ASIN: B015W7TMDQ and ISBN: 9780373719488 | Origin: Author 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Harlequin.com

 

Thoughts:

Jill Kemerer’s HER SMALL-TOWN ROMANCE keeps the pages turning as you fall in love! In Lake Endwell, Michigan you’ll discover the closeness of a small town and the overflowing love inside the Sheffield family that keeps you wishing to live there. However, it’s one of their own who wants out!

Bryan Sheffield had his personal business gutted throughout the town, thanks to his former wife’s cheating ways, but it’s when he sees happy families, loving couples, and expectant fathers, he just wants to bolt. However, it’s now reached to the point where inside his own family, he’s becoming claustrophobic. Bryan has made up his mind to leave, and all he has to do is wait for the right time. The place is far enough that crosses the border over into Canada and hopefully bridges the pain as he’s goes back to where his peace can grow in the wilderness there. Like his grandfather, he’s emotionally and faithfully tied to the earth.

Meanwhile, she got a degree and had a job and enjoyed living in Las Vegas, until her grandmother died, but it was then, Jade Emerson had to go. Mimi was the only family that kept her rooted there, and when she was gone, so then the only real love Jade ever had in life was lost. In this newest adventure, her college degree wasn’t wasted, but the job she had been in Vegas wasn’t where she wanted to be.

Her mother wants her in Paris, her father wouldn’t care where she goes, and she’s determined to uncover her grandmother’s earlier life in Lake Endwell, Michigan.

However, Jade’s panic attacks would grow as her fear has not left her, and she’s going to face all of it head on. Living in a forest town, she was going to conquer what has held her back since childhood. Jade Emerson wants to prove to herself that she’s not “little girl lost” anymore.

You’ll love this romance while marveling at the peaceful town in Michigan only to uncover what secrets and fears lay ahead!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

HER SMALL-TOWN ROMANCE by Jill Kemerer shows Jade Emerson’s new life in Lake Endwell, Michigan. She’s the to-be new owner of a T-shirt shop as she searches for long ago aspects of her grandmother’s life that she wants on the road to a new life of her own.  However, she’s got to face obstacles, issues, and her own fears to even have a shot toward happiness.  

At the beginning of her new road, she finds that she’s met the go-to-guy of the wilderness in guide Bryan Sheffield. but will her past life steer him clear of helping her? Will problems stop her chance before it even begins?

Concurrently, wilderness guide Bryan Sheffield has a purpose for teaching this class, and if it can happen, it will lead him away from his pain and into a new uncomplicated life.

Things might already be looking bad for him.  

Despite his advertising and the family’s help, only one person shows up to learn thus leaving him with a problem that he never expected.

It’s more than obvious that Lake Endwell’s newcomer can’t take his class, but he needs to make this change. In the middle of it all, can he help Jade Emerson and help himself? Or will both of their situations become increasingly worse?

 

 

Review of THE HEART OF WORSHIP (30 Days of Worship) DEVOTIONAL by David C Cook

Publisher: David C. Cook | Published: June 25, 2013 | Formats: eBook  (129 pages) | ASIN: B00DMTD972 | Origin: Purchase 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Amazon

 

Thoughts:

THE HEART OF WORSHIP (30 Days of Worship) Devotional by David C Cook is based on the amazing song The Heart of Worship by Matt Redman. This devotional expands the song lyrics to make one take notice of what Worship is, what it is all about, and how Worship should not become something else all the while using Scripture to take you into the direction of what Worship is really all about.

Using an easy format and thirty days, this devotional can change the way, the reason, and the how to Worship while learning something about ourselves in the process.  

I highly recommend this devotional to get back to where our heart should have been all along and find out how to change our minds to go there too.  

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

In thirty days and in many ways, THE HEART OF WORSHIP (30 Days of Worship) by David C Cook, based on the amazing song The Heart of Worship by Matt Redman, focuses on Scriptures and prayers for guidance to appreciate and understand what’s inside the real heart of Worship.

The prayers help show the way and the devotional stories accentuate the Scripture passages to make the thirty days a personal journey inside true Worship.